JKUAT Student Graduates After 7 Years Of Working in A Tea Plantation To Raise School Fees

In a remarkable demonstration of unwavering resolve, Naom Kemunto, a student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), has successfully graduated after navigating seven years of dedicated work in a tea plantation to finance her education.

This tenacious graduate exemplifies perseverance, facing financial challenges head-on and making a pivotal decision to labor on a tea plantation to generate the necessary funds for her school fees.

Her extraordinary journey unfolds as a compelling narrative of resilience and the relentless pursuit of knowledge in the face of formidable odds.

The graduate shares that her story began with an unyielding commitment to education, triumphing over financial obstacles that could have easily discouraged many. Over the course of seven years, the tea plantation ceased to be just a workplace; it evolved into a poignant symbol of dedication and sacrifice as she conscientiously worked to secure her place in academia.

“I toiled on a tea plantation, working as a tea picker to fund my education since I come from a humble background,” Naom revealed to

Hailing from Nyamira, Naom Kemunto joined JKUAT in 2017 to pursue a degree in Food Science and Nutrition. Expressing her gratitude on her social media account, she stated, “Joined JKUAT in 2017 and left in 2023. Delay is not denial.”

With hope and optimism, she anticipates that the degree earned from JKUAT University will positively transform her life. “I hope with this degree, I will be able to change my story because it has not been an easy ride,” she affirmed.