Joyce comes from a dry pastoral area about an hour east of Daraja Academy. She is one of 15 children from a father with two wives. Her father passed away when she was very young, leaving the families to struggle with their very small herd of sheep and goats. In her autobiography, Joyce talks about growing up in a traditional Maasai home where girls were sent out with beads around their neck to herd the sheep and goats. When free primary school was instituted in Kenya, Joyce begged her mother to attend school. Most of Joyce’s older siblings did not get the opportunity because girls’ education was not valued. Finally, her mother consented and Joyce scored the highest on her national 8th grade exam in her school.
Joyce is extremely bright and driven to succeed. She wants to be an influential lawyer in her country; she feels passionate about education and children’s rights. She wants to set the example that girls’ education is valuable. There is no doubt that Joyce can achieve her potential if given the right opportunity.