WWANCRose Wamalwa
Rose tells her story here: https://vimeo.com/190296107. Rose was born in a rural area in Kenya and, like most girls in her village, she spent her childhood walking long distances to fetch water. She dreamed about growing up and doing something about this problem that risked the lives and limited the potential of so many women and girls in her region. Rose grew up and did just that. After completing University, she knew she wanted to build her leadership in this field, which is why she applied to be a fellow in our women and water program. During this year, she learned leadership development, WASH education, water testing, action planning and hands-on construction of toilets, rainwater harvesting systems, and water treatments. Rose then became a trainer in the program, working with grassroots women’s teams to provide support in planning, development and implementation of technologies and water projects in their communities in Kenya and Tanzania. She taught these emerging women leaders to build technologies, plan holistic strategies, and design sustainable projects.
In 2012, Rose stepped out on her own to start a community based NGO– Women in Water and Natural Resources Conservation (WWANC)—so that she could reach more women, not just in Kenya, but in Uganda and Tanzania. She runs programming in each of these countries, and is recognized as a leader in her field (a field typically dominated by men). Today Rose has built deep experience in community development, social entrepreneurship and transformational leadership for women’s empowerment. She holds a Diploma in Analytical Chemistry, a Bachelor’s degree in Biological sciences, and is currently pursuing Master of Science in Development Studies at Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology in Kenya. Rose is a Trainer, A certified Enterprise Development Agent by UNDP Kenya, a WASH advocate, a climate protection champion and an environmental activist.
The best part of Rose’s story is the ripple effect of her work, for now her daughter holds a big vision for her own leadership, sharing that when she grows up, she wants to be just like Rose.