Disability Grants For Deaf Musa To Start Local Business And Lift Family From Poverty
by Musa Nteere
(Nanyuki, Rift Valley, Kenya)
I am Musa Nteere, male, 42 years old. I live in Nanyuki in Laikipia County in Kenya.
Musa Nteere And Daughter Rosemary Makena
I am divorced but I take care my two children. My daughter Rosemary Makena is 17 years old now. She is in form three at Sweetwater Secondary School.
My son, Mike Mugambi, is 15 years old, and in class 7 at Katheri Primary School but he disappeared last year (November 2015) after school closed because of my divorce and ex-wife who married someone else.
I lost my job in 2009. My heart was very painful and stressful but I'm thankful that God took good care me.Disability Issues
At two years old, I was very sick due to mumps. This resulted in a hearing impairment and total deafness in both ears.
I went to a school for the deaf for both primary and secondary cycles for 14 years. I communicated through Kenya Sign Language even I knew American Sign Language too, but not very well.
When I lost my job in 2009, my life became hard and challenging financially. I could no longer afford to pay school fees for my children, buy food or own my own home.
The principal sacked my daughter over school fees I was unable to pay. I thank God for the opportunity to get someone to pay half my daughter's school fees, so that I only had the other half to pay.
Sometimes my parents have to help my daughter with things like oil, toilet paper, soap, etc. We stay at my parent's home. It is not comfortable with them, as our culture frowns on this and it is shameful.Income Efforts
I have applied for work in private industry and government in response to advertisement through newspapers, posters, websites and so on, but so far no one has responded to me.
I'm concerned that I have no diploma, so I want to enroll college for my diploma in Computer training and ICT and then get a degree later.Specific Needs
I would like a school grant and a grant for business so that I can further my education and get business management experience.
I really appreciate any help to make my life enjoyable for my family and me, without poverty weighing us down.Business Idea
I would like to start a business as a computer services, photocopy, stationery, and m-pesa agent in Nanyuki. It would be in a good environment, secure, near markets, Matatu Stage Station, taxis, boda boda (motorcycle), institutions, colleges, universities, shops and schools.