“So, I accompanied her to court, where she successfully lodged her claim. As required by law, her application was publicized and there being no objection after the appointed period she was awarded her property in the presence of witnesses. I have absolute delight in the successful end to her ordeal and my call is for our traditional communities to abandon archaic customs, particularly those that benefit men at the cost of women. People need to understand that, everyone has equal rights and these rights must be respected,” says Assenga.
“I successfully reclaimed two plots of farmland, an acre here in the village, and another one located at Kambi ya Nyuki, not too far from here. I also secured a house around, which are plantain and banana plots up in the hills. You see, before my father-in-law died he wrote in his will designating these properties as my inheritance, however, my in-laws weren’t willing to honour that will,” Anna says.
Today Anna is a picture of confidence and she exudes plenty of charm. With the years of uncertainty and difficulty now long behind her, she looks more settled and looking to the future with renewed hope. She is one of many women, who could have lost more than their husband, but the fact that, legal aid wasn’t far away, gave her a fighting chance, that she fully took and reaped huge benefits both for her personally and for her children.
LSF’s Access to Justice Program has placed and maintains in every district the essential presence of ordinary men and women, whose work as paralegals actively providing solutions to everyday predicaments, that would otherwise deprive many especially women of their social and economic rights.
She is building her life daily and preparing her children’s futures. “On the farmland, I grow corn and beans in addition to the plantain and banana plants, and right here, I also run a small shop. There’s also a pigsty with several animals and along with that, I raise chickens all of which provide vital help for me here;
“One of my children is at university, one is in form three and the last one is in standard seven, and from the crops that I grow and sell, I pay their fees. My hopes for the future are bright, because I have restored what belonged to me, and I have the freedom to use these resources for my family,” she adds.