Staff Highlight - Stella Achoki

  1. Tell Us About Yourself.

My name is Stella Moraa Achoki, 41 years old, I am one of the founder members of Centre for Community Mobilization and Empowerment. I’m married and God has blessed with me with two boys and an adopted 10 year old girl. Currently I’m the Executive Director for the Centre for Community Mobilization and Empowerment (CECOME). I’m professionally trained in community Based Development and project Management. I have varied experience in community work having worked with various community-based organizations in Kisii County. 

  1. What did you do before joining (this organization)?

Before joining CECOME I worked with Rural Water Development as community Mobilizer and later as a head of community mobilization department, Young women Christian association as a field officer and lastly with the Catholic Diocese of Kisii as a field officer. I then stepped out of the job with the Catholic Diocese and started nurturing the CECOME idea which was my brain child with two of my other lady colleagues. 

  1. When and why did you join (this organization)?

I joined CECOME in the year 2014 purposely to nurture the idea and passion of establishing a platform for women and girls to discuss issues affecting them into maturity.

  1. What do you find most challenging about your job?

 Most challenging in my Job is the persistent cultural attachments by the community that leads to the increase in sex and gender-based violence despite the interventions in place. The other challenging issue is inadequate resource base to support an integrated and comprehensive approach to reducing SGBV in the community.

  1. What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is the satisfaction gotten after a client accesses the social and legal support in full and when the community shows concern on the various forms of violations and sits down to discuss on how to get solutions. The other rewarding part is that through my initiative, there exists an organization in place with the capacity required to spearhead campaigns against these violations.

  1. Where do you see CECOME in 5 years?

In the next 5 years, I hope to see a women / girl rescue and empowerment centre in place for the young women and girls to get economic empowerment and livelihood opportunities that will help reduce women dependency on men which is one of the major causes of violence in families. 

  1. What do you like to do in your time outside of work?

I like music and during my free time I engage in learning music skills and singing in the choir.

  1. If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I could wish to meet Molly Melchin , the founder member of Tostan Foundation known for reducing child marriages and Female genital mutilation  in a number of African countries. 

  1. In regards to your job and program, how do you see it growing in the next few years?

In the next 5 years, we hope to grow the program into a women and girls mentorship and economic empowerment centre. The centre will  act as a safe space for women and girls survivors of violence , empower them with practical skills that will help them reduce dependency on men .It will promote women to mobilize their savings and  establish a Mama shwari Sacco which will be a  Sacco for women by women  in Kisii County. Through this initiative we shall have more empowered women in society who have the capacity to improve their livelihoods.

  1. What I do during my free time.

During my free time, I read spiritual books, attend music lessons and practice playing piano.

 

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