This was a genesis of falling into hands of polygamist man because I was running from poverty. In the year 2008 I was affected by post election violence which led me to flee from my home county to Nakuru.
This gave my husband another chance of having another woman. This was to put a hot nail in a wound. Life became unbearable for me and my children. The road became rough. It was not easy at all but by the grace and mercy of God we never got finished by problems. In the year 2010 the business I had corrupted (failed) and I was left doing nothing.
After a while I came to the world of Art and Craft where I started weaving polythene kiondos (basket like bags) and wall decorations, wall mats and that’s where I met with Mr. and Mrs. Noah and StoneHouse Ministries. Currently I am in bead work designing different things from beads.
I believe in what God said I will be. I believe in power of a word of God and prayers. Though I had succeeded in farming and business before by election violence and everything I had got finished (was destroyed). I believe in restoration in a better way. In the book of Job 14:7-9 it gives me hope. Yes it has not been easy road for me and my children after experiencing many hardships and disappointments. But now I am focusing with what is ahead of me, hoping good things are coming on my way. I love my work very much and I am working very hard to give it success. Yes, I am Ann Nyamuura Muriuki, I am 45 years old.
We have gone through a lot raising our children and even taking them to school. We have gone through hard times of sickness one of my children named Tracy got sick when she was six months old and was admitted to the hospital for four months without responses to treatment. She was on a drip and given medication without knowing what she was suffering from. I used to cry to God without eating or drinking anything except water. Tracy was not eating or breastfeeding.
God heard our prayers just the way He heard the cry of Haggai and gave water in the wilderness. A doctor gave me a letter to connect me with another doctor in Nakuru who knew what was wrong with the child. Even thought the doctor was demanding thousands and thousands of money which I did not have at the time. My child was healed by God and the child was well and in a good healthy body. I thank God even today for healing my child Tracy.
I did not have money to feed my children and feeding them was very hard. Their father does not have a job. I talked with some women and told them what I was going through. They encouraged me and one of the women taught me how to do knitting bags so that I could sustain my life. That woman gave me money to start off. I came across a man and he said he will help me sell my bags and the man betrayed me.
I thank God for holding my breath and my life. God provided food and water for us. People separated themselves from me and God never left me. God is my protector to me and my family. I taught my children how to pray and ask God for what they wanted. I could not provide for everything they wanted because their father was not working. My children know that humans cannot help but our Lord who is in heaven. Glory be to God yesterday, today and tomorrow and forever. Amen
I was taken care of by my real mother from birth up to the age of two years where my mother divorced my father and they parted ways. From this tender age of two years, I was taken care of by a step mother. From this age life changed and there was full of ups and downs.
There was a lot of mistreatment from my step mother. She was brutal and inhuman. My breakfast, lunch and supper was beatings and many problems made towards me. She did not consider me as part of her family. I was like a maid in the house. I was to perform every duty in the house.
It was like running from the frying pan to direct fire. There was no source of income to support us and make us going. We lacked money to take our kids to school. There was nobody to sponsor our children’s education. We ended up practicing art work. We started molding pots for sale. We molded pots and sold in order to make our life going and to make money to take our kids to school.
In 1987 the market of pots went down. This made us to travel to urban center together with my husband. We went to Nakuru town to improve our lives. This was a problem too. Luckily my husband got a job; he was employed as a watchman. I remained in the house as a housewife with nothing to do but take care of children.
In the year 2011 my beloved husband died. He left me with the five children and the grand children. My life became more difficult. I was to work more harder to get a living. Due to this continuous pressing of the wool I had knee problem. I had pains in my knees. I was unable to press the wool.
I started basket sewing in order to make some money to buy food for my family and to pay rent. I am also supposed to take my grand children to school. All this needs money to happen. I am still sewing baskets to earn a living as a mother and as a single parent to my children. I am everything to my family. My life was full of art work and struggles for the better and for the best of my family as a whole. I wish I had a body to sponsor me through these hardships, more so on my grandchildren’s education. Be blessed.
The next two ladies, Elizabeth and Loice are Ann's daughters.
In my life I did not see any door of a classroom. I did not attain any. This was because of the state my parents were in. there was not money for school fees. I grew up just a non educated girl.
I got married in the year 1996 to Andrew Aswani who is my husband up to now. We are blessed with six children who are all alive. The first born is in grade three and the last born is six ninths of age. It has been very difficult to ensure that my first is going to school. This year I almost dropped her from school due to lack of school fees. We have been getting her school fees from the well wishers. Right now I have four children school and all of them we need to pay school fees.
My husband does not have a permanent job. He looks for a casual job from different institutions where the contract can last for one day. He looks for jobs in construction sites so called ‘Mujengo’ in Kiswahili. Since he also did not go to school. I completely do not have a job at all. I sometimes wash clothes for the well wishers in order to get money to supplement what my husband usually gets a day. Also to make some savings for rent payment at the end of the month.
We end up sleeping with hunger due to lack of food. This has been affecting our young children who are still growing and still very young. They end up going to school with hunger.
All my life I have encountered many difficulties. I thought getting married will solve my many problems but all has been in vain. After getting married is when I have encountered many problems in life. I sometimes feel like taking away my life but I have children who still need a mother and they are still very young and innocent.
I went to school but only reached grade four where I dropped out of school due to lack of school fees. This was because my parents were in a state that they could not raise money to pay school fees.
I got married to Alfred Ouma in the year 2003 and we were blessed with two children who are still alive. The first born is in standard two while the last born the top class (kindergarten). My marriage was not a success. We had a lot of domestic problems with my husband. He gave beatings all the times and tried to send us out of his house. I ended up developing a serious disease which put me down. He did not take me to the hospital, rather he told me to go back to my parent so that I can be treated.
When I refused he decided to run away from me leaving me with nothing. He left me with the kids, no food and no money to pay rent since I was not working I did not have a job. He left me in the house very sick. I decided to go back to where I was born, back to my parents. This is where I am staying till now. Problems multiplied, I was to feed my kids since they were still very young. At the moment my parents had no job at all.
I decided to roast maize on the street in order to get money to keep us going and surviving. I worked harder and harder despite being sick. Sometimes we ended up sleeping without food because we had nothing to eat. We had no money to buy food. My kids were being sent from school to go and bring school fees which was not there at all.
This is something that has not happened due to lack of money. I was told my health is very critical and if kidney transplant will not take place the situation will worsen. I was told by the doctor not to perform heavy talks, but how can I stop it and yet my family need food and also my children need to go to school? I have not stopped yet, I am still toiling for the better and for the best of my kids and my aging mother.
I have been so weak since I separated with my husband, life has been so difficult. The most problem I have is on my children’s education because of my health. I wish I had a body to sponsor my kids and also at least to take care of my health. Help me out on this issue of kidney transplant. After wards I can get a permanent job to take care of my remaining family and my aging mother.
I have passed through many marital problems and also sickness. I have been taking medicine now and then because I suffer asthmatic problems. This year I am happy to join Mercy and Grace Ministry and I know the Lord is taking us far.
I hope you have heard these precious women's heart’s cry and are inspired by their tenacity to overcome their difficult circumstances. Please consider helping us help them.