Irene grew up in Nanyuki with five other siblings. Irene’s mother is the bread winner of the family although she is often sick and had to be hospitalized for a time, leaving Irene to play “Mom” to her siblings. Her father is an alcoholic and because of this the family is not seen in a positive light by her neighbors.
Irene worked hard in primary school, even as her father continued to discourage her. Irene has a grandmother who encouraged her and acted as her role model. At her interview, Irene told the admissions staff about her grandmother and how special she was.
In her third year, Irene has developed into a strong young woman and student at Daraja