• Gathoni Wa Muchomba said she could offer to wash her classmates uniform so they could give her their soap.
Kiambu Women Rep Gathoni Wa Muchomba has shared her grass to grace story.
In a recent interview with Dun Wainaina, the vocal politician says she was raised in a very humble background.
Lucky for her, she was a bright student and worked hard to make sure she changed her story.
She explained that she went to a national high school - St Mary's.
Her parents could not afford to give her the best she could have wished for, but kept a positive attitude even when she knew they were poor.
''My parents were poor and my parents could not even afford to buy me the necessities or even come for visiting day. My mouth helped me. I always tell people not to rebuke people with their talent. I was in a missionary school and stealing was forbidden. I could not even afford soap to clean my uniforms. My mother would give me 2 bob to go to school.''
Speaking on how she managed to remain clean, Gathoni said she could offer to wash her classmates uniform so they could give her their soap.
''It was a way to clean mine as well. I would wash mine first and then. Despite all that, there is no single day I hated myself. I would spend most of the time in the lab and I would use my wisdom as a weapon to get what I didn't have.''
''I had a positive attitude. I survived through other students. I was a happy go lucky teen. I survived for three years in high school with one pair of shoes.''
She recounted of a time when her mum was not able to pay her school fees. As luck would have it, the missionaries offered to support her after visiting her home and realizing that she came from a humble background.
''They offered to support me, they bought me the basic necessities and told me that I should tell them whenever I have a problem.''
Since that day, she fully concentrated on her academics and stopped cleaning clothes for other students. I focused on my performances. I shared my problem with her and she promised to take care of me.''
A Japanese woman would later change her life by paying her school fees.
''We were left homeless after auctioneers took everything. Luckily my mum had met with a Japanese woman who was volunteering in one of the High schools in our village.
So, during the holidays, we would visit and spend time at her house until when she left the country. She sent me a letter and asked me what I wanted her to do for me since I had also been helping her.
I said I wanted her to visit me in school and to my surprise, she came accompanied by other delegates. They brought me a lot of shopping and even cleared my school fees.
They also bought me a new uniform and new shoes. In High School, shoes was the main challenge for me.''
She hopes to be the President by the time she hits 60 years-old.
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