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Putting a Spotlight on a Kenyan Changemaker

Jen Gurecki

Far too often when we hear stories of success from places in Africa. We often see images of Western women and men who have started initiatives and made a positive impact on the lives of the poor. "Uplifting a People and a Place" shines the spotlight on Winnie, a Kenyan woman who has helped her own people stand on their own two feet.

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  • Jen Gurecki

    Thank you Qinnie! Understanding how someone like Winnie is making change at the local level gives us an opportunity to reconsider the way we approach development. I think that one reason why aid has not had the impact that it intended to is because there wasn't a partnership with local people. They were recipients rather than active agents in their own change. Winnie demonstrates that local people have the drive and acumen to make significant progress in their own communities.

  • Qinnie Wang

    My name is Qinnie and my iPad keeps correcting my name to Winnie...LOL anyway I really love Winnie's story and I totally agree that ultimately it's the locals who can have the greatest impact on their people's lives.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Winnie is an incredible woman and I love that you're showing how she made change in her community by taking her own initiative vs. being empowered by another org to take an initiative. Really cool to see you partner with her.

    • Jen Gurecki

      Thanks Alessandra. I feel the same way. I see highlighting the stories of women like Winnie as a way to move away from the "poverty porn" that we have grown accustomed to and reframe our understanding of places like Africa. There is an abundance of people who are shaping their communities and doing so in a profoundly positive and resilient way.