Left to Right: Rosemary, Rose, Sipe, Kipara (mechanic), Jackie, Catherine

Name: Rosemary Mshungu

Age: 21

Where are you from: Isamilo, Mwanza

Why did you join Pikilily: I was inspired by Claire Elsdon’s story! I enjoyed listening to her talk about the aims of Pikilily and the difference the motorcycle ambulance project could make to pregnant women in Sengerema. I wanted to be part of the project, as I felt that it would not only help me improve, but allow me to help my fellow Tanzanians. 

What were you doing before Pikilily: I have been working as an electrician. After I left school, because I couldn’t afford to go to high school I took a vocational course and became an electrician. 

What excites you about working for Pikilily: I can’t wait to get out on the motorbike. 

What are your interests: In my spare time I like reading, listening to music and spending time at home with my family. 

What are your aspirations: When I was younger I wanted to work in a pharmacy, as I felt it would give me the chance to help people. Now that I am with Pikilily I know I will be able to help expecting mothers and I hope to be with the organisation for a long time!

 

Name: Jackline Mugwe

Age: 24

Where are you from: Isamilo, Mwanza

Why did you join Pikilily: I wanted to join Pikilily as I am a mother and I know how difficult it can be when you are in labour. So I want to help other women with their pregnancy. 

What were you doing before Pikilily: Before I came to Pikilily I was at a training centre taking vocational courses, while selling fish at the local market. 

What excites you about working for Pikilily: Having a job, where I can both help people and learn new skills. 

What are your aspirations: When I was younger I wanted to be a nurse like my auntie who I used to live with, but I didn’t finish school or could afford to do the training. 

 

Name: Catherine Salehe

Age: 21

Where are you from: Isamilo, Mwanza

Why did you join Pikilily: My friend Rosemary, who is also on the programme first told me about Pikilily. After hearing about their plans for the motorcycle ambulance I knew I wanted to be part of them, as I always wanted to help to take care of people. I wanted to try and train as a nurse, but I couldn’t afford it, so I am really happy that I can help other women bybeing part of Pikilily.

What were you doing before Pikilily: Before I joined, I was working in a hotel, but I lost my job due to a family emergency and not being able to take time off. Before that I worked at my uncle’s pharmacy.  

What excites you about working for Pikilily: I really like the medical side of the job, as I really want to help people, but I am also excited about riding a motorbike! 

What are your aspirations: Just to help people! When I was younger I wanted to be a nurse, as this would allow me to treat people.