Dammy Nafula, hails from Kibera, one of the biggest informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya. She loves football, and plays for the community girls foot club, and in international leagues she supports Chelsea Football Club. For Dammy the skills earned from the Intel She Will Connect program have given her the opportunity to gain more expertize on the sport and also share her experiences on the field through blogging .
“When I joined the program, I was presented for the first time with an opportunity to interact with computers. The trainer was so patient and provided good mentorship throughout the training. I am a fast learner thou, so I grasped everything I was trained on. Having gone through the training, I can attest that all the tricks I saw the bankers and accountants perform in their offices are now under my sleeves. With these skills I can now apply the digital knowledge learnt in class to solve everyday life challenges. In the past I did not have an email account, but now I have an active one, which I use to send job applications to different employers. Through the training, I have also been exposed to other opportunities the internet presents. For instance, even thou my parents did not have funds to support my tertiary education, through the internet I have enrolled for online courses, where I study accounting at an affordable fee.
Furthermore connecting to online communities has just been amazing. I love football and I am a self-proclaimed Chelsea fan. In my free time I play for my local community girl’s football team. Through social media, I am able to connect with other footballers by sharing photos and blogposts to share my experiences with the team. My digital journey has just begun. I have gotten employment as an assistant accountant and office assistant administrator.
My experience may seem weird to others, but when you come from where I do, having access to technology is a luxury. We have other priorities like accessing sanitation, employment, and housing amongst others.
Besides, the slums do not provide a woman plenty of opportunities, many of us drop out of school and the rate of early marriages is high. We hence miss out on a lot of opportunities digital technology presents. So when I heard about the Intel She Will Connect. I knew my time had finally come; no more will I look at tech savvy professionals with envy, but I have become the subject of admiration!”