Wairimu Michengi graduated from Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) last year.
Her completion of a three year diploma in broadcast journalism has been made possible by the Rattansi Education Trust.
“When I got an admission letter to KIMC three years ago, I had no means of raising the required KSh63,000 for the first year. My single mother could not afford to raise even half of the amount. But there was no way I would let go a chance to pursue my dreams after struggling through High school. I went to Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) in a bid to get a loan but I was told it was not possible. The Board Secretary Benjamin Cheboi introduced me to Rattansi Education Trust. The Trust committed itself to give me bursaries. For the three years, the trust has provided great assistance. At times I would be sent home for money but the Trust always intervened and ensured that I was always in class. But for their help my dream of pursuing a journalism career would not have become a reality. I’m currently an editor with a weekly newspaper, The Kenyan Spectator,” she says.