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Daruka's Triumph: Conquering Challenges as a Blind Knitter in a Refugee Camp

Daruka who is visually impaired operates a knitting machine specially designed for her. She escaped the violent outbreak of war from South Sudan in 1991 having her mother as her only companion, they embarked on a perilous journey, relying on their instincts and resilience to navigate the treacherous terrain. Tragically, they were separated for two months, during which Daruka, alone and vulnerable relied on the kindness of strangers for survival.

Posted on 16 Oct 2023

The emotional journey led them to the Torit border, where they were received by the UNHCR at Nadapal, Kenya.

Eventually they resettled in the Kakuma refugee camp, where a new chapter began but the challenges persisted. As a visually impaired person, finding work and making a living proved difficult.

She decided to use education as her pathway to a better future, where she enrolled in various schools, mastering braille and by displaying her exceptional dedication she got a scholarship from Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) and pursued advanced braille studies at St. Francis Kapenguria. There, she discovered her passion for knitting.

Through relentless effort, Daruka honed her craft, earning recognition for her skill and dedication. During her graduation, she was awarded her own knitting machine, propelling her into a small knitting business.

However, her journey faced a setback when the machine encountered mechanical issues, threatening her livelihood.

But thanks to the timely intervention and support from DRC through GBV response sector, Daruka's resilience prevailed.

With a multi-purpose cash grant, she repaired her machine, restocked her materials and expanded her business, now able to support her family with the income.

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