Lemerketo Ketere Catherine




Catherine Ketere was born in 1996 in the remote area of Loigama, 30km outside of the Samburu village of Sereolipi, at the foothills of the Matthews Range. Catherine started preschool in 2003, and enjoyed it so much that she asked her parents if she could go to Sereolipi Primary school when she was 6 years old. Her parents agreed and she went there as a full boarder, walking home and back for holidays. Catherine found herself to be particularly interested in science and languages (classes were taught in both Kiswahili and English, though her native tongue is the Maa language of the Samburu.) She performed well on the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exam with marks of 301 and she was accepted at Moi Girls School in Maralal which is an excellent school. Catherine is the eldest of 4 girls and 1 boy. She is the only person in her family to go to school. Catherine’s family used to have 25 cows of their own, but they lost every single one to drought last year, which left them with nothing but a pair of donkeys and the hope that Catherine would be able to succeed in school and eventually secure a better future for herself and her family. Catherine is intelligent, self-motivated and hard working. She says she wants to “discover her full potential and become a female role model for her siblings and community.”


Catherine Ketere Lemerketo Catherine Ketere Lemerketo
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