Awarded a grant by TPP in November of 2018, Maulidi received mentorship from TPP East Africa Team Member Maulidi Hamisi Mwinyikai, who coached Maulidi on how to partner with other reputable colleges in Kwale to provide training and issue certificates to his students upon graduation—certificates that help his graduates secure future employment. Mwinyikai also helped Maulidi use Facebook to increase his project’s visibility and attract more students.
Since then, the Tufunze Tujue Project has gone on to achieve incredible success. Focused on servicing elder women and young women who were forced to drop out of school due to pregnancy, Maulidi, through TPP funds, was able to purchase computers and rent a venue for classes.
Maulidi admits that teaching the classes was often difficult because the elder women did not believe they could learn how to operate a computer, and, often, the young mothers were slow to learn. Despite initial challenges, however, the Project not only “reduced the cases of computer illiteracy among women but also boosted their self-esteem in the community … some of them have even been employed in cyber cafés.”