But when she was five years old, she was already engaged to be married. In the Maasai culture, girls get married in their teens. Education for girls is not a priority. For those girls lucky enough to finish primary education, only a few make it to secondary school. Parents tend to spend what little money they have on educating boys rather than girls, whom are expect to marry and leave the family. According to Maasai culture, girls marry at the time of adolescence, which is when most girls finish primary school (age 13).
Then she later talked the village elders into letting her leave her small Maasai village of Enoosaen in south Kenya to go to college in the United States. She promised to use her education to benefit her village and the entire village collected money to pay for her journey.
Kakenya worked hard and made her dream come true. Now she wants to help her students and her community grow through education.
Learn more on about Kakenya.