Erinah Nakimara is 23 years old and single. She joined Living Goods in late 2010. We spoke to Erinah after ten months on the job to learn more about how Living Goods was making a difference in her life and the lives of those she serves.
“I have been a Community Health Promoter for ten months now. People in my family and my community were spending so much money at the health centre before. They were often admitted to the hospital when there was no need. Now, I am giving them basic treatments and medicine at home and in ten months, many haven’t been to the health centre even once.”
“During the week, I work from my little shop in the trading centre where clients come and see me. In 3-4 hours I normally see around 10-15 people. Saturdays I spend in the field, going door to door. The most common illnesses I see are malaria, diarrhea, and coughs – mostly among children.”
“I like the work because I get trust and respect from the community. I try to save most of my profits – I’ve opened a bank account since I started this job! And the community benefits because they get cheaper products and personal attention – you don’t get much attention from the nurses in the health centres. There really has been a change in the community since I became a Living Goods CHP.”