Former drug addict now a business man thanks to rehabilitation programme

Former drug addict now a business man thanks to rehabilitation programme

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24-year-old Samson Otieno showcasing his shoe business during the visit by British High commissioner Nic Hailey at mewa Educational centre, as other Imarisha project beneficiaries look on. PHOTO: BRIAN OSWETA

Mombasa, KENYA: A former drug addict now has a brighter future thanks to a rehabilitation program that changed his life for the better.

24-year old Samson Otieno is talented in making shoes but  drugs got in the way of his talent and were it not  for a program in Majengo dubbed Imarisha Vijana , he would be a different case .

“At first i just had a talent in making shoes however i used all my money in drugs but this initiative has helped me discover more ideas and focus on developing my business,” said Samson.

Speaking during the showcasing of the program projects to British High Commissioner Nic Hailey on Wednesday, Fatma Jumanne Programmes Co-ordinator Mewa trainings, said he was taken from an after care programme of drug addicts.

“He used to take all money to drug dens, though he is still under treatment, through the training we gave him he is able now to focus on expanding his business to cater for his future.” Said Fatma.

British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey speaking during the same occasion in Mombasa, said he was impressed by what Samson and others were doing adding that you can’t start where you want to finish.

“In my short visit today i have really been inspired by the stories i have heard as i can testify that i myself started as a magazine vendor and i use to work as a butcher who knew i would end up here.” Said Nic.

Samson who is in his 6 months going drug free, says he is now clean and is focusing on expanding his business where he uses skin, different cloth materials and used rubber tyres to make shoes.

Samson Otieno showcasing some of his shoe products to British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey.
Samson Otieno showcasing some of his shoe products to British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey.

The British High Commissioner also presided over the handing over of certificates to participants who had undergone the Imarisha Vijana Project training and came up with different initiatives.

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The project which is under UK AID has sponsored a huge number of school drop outs in Mombasa by helping them with support , advice and assistance so as to encourage self employment among the youth.

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