Mary talks of an emptiness she felt in her life. As she describes it, she was ‘not living but merely existing’. This is the story of how she got her life back.
She grew up in a small village in northern Kenya. She recalls that throughout her childhood, her mother and father were constantly fighting. Often, her mother would run away after the fights, leaving Mary and her siblings alone.
Her education was frequently interrupted as her father kept moving away from home to graze animals, often for long periods of time.
At the age of sixteen, her father forced Mary into an arranged marriage. ‘I cried for a long time,’ she remembers. ‘I was depressed and even thought of committing suicide.’
In 2012, she was introduced by her priest, Rev Enkai, to a process known as Church and Community Transformation (CCT). It helps churches reach out into their communities and make a real difference. CCT empowers people to support themselves and their communities through opening small business ventures.