Woman of the Week—Grace Mushongi

Grace, center, in blue scarf. 

Grace, center, in blue scarf. 

From the start, Grace struck me. A 47-year old mother of 8, Grace easily looks years younger, no doubt in part to her jubilant spirit. In class, she alternates between a face of intense focus, eyebrows knit and gears so clearly grinding away, and a joyful, broad smile so big you can, and do, get lost in it. During our calculation-heavy sessions, we’ve all come to count on Grace for some comic relief and grins, and she also leads the class in peels of laughter whenever we need an energizer game like “Simoni Anasema” (Simon Says) or a round of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.”

Grace attends three classes a week, and is also the elected Chairperson for training, keeping track of attendance and acting as the point person for all the members’ questions or concerns outside of class.

It’s difficult to express just how much Grace brings to this group and this training: she is perhaps the closest thing you can get to a real-life mama bear, fiercely focused and fiercely loving! Tunakupenda Grace—we love you!