Meet University female student who works as mama fua, security guard to pay fees

A female student from Murang’a University has narrated how she juggles schoolwork, doing laundry and cleaning by the day and working as a security guard by night to afford to pay her school fees.

Mary Kinuthia, a final year student who is pursuing a criminology and security studies degree has had to take up odd jobs to keep her studies at the university going.

Speaking to Daily Nation, the student said she tried venturing into business after joining campus and she would sell beauty products to her schoolmates on and off campus.

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However, when COVID-19 struck the country, and the closure of schools that followed, she had to look for an alternative means for survival.

This was when she joined a security firm to work as a security guard at the Murang’a Level 5 Hospital.

“When schools opened, I shifted my shift to night so that I could take my classes during the day,” she said.

Besides working as a security guard, the young lady also does laundry for a fee and on other days, she works as a cleaning lady.

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“When I do not have classes during the day, I always do laundry and make KSh 300 and on days when I do not have clients I do cleaning in plots and make the same amount of money,” she said.

She said though juggling her different menial jobs can be challenging, she remains upbeat because she does not use unorthodox means to get money for survival.

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She is set to sit for her final exams in October and she hopes life will get better.

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