Teresa Njoroge: What I learned serving time for a crime I didn't commit
Teresa Njoroge - Criminal and social justice reform advocate
At Clean Start Kenya, Teresa Njoroge builds bridges connecting the formerly imprisoned to the outside world and vice versa. Full bio
whatsoever to their actions?
financial banking sector,
a fraudulent transaction unknowingly
that I loved passionately.
than I could have ever imagined.
was the arresting officer
that there was no evidence whatsoever
means "truth and justice,"
favorite purple dress,
sensitive to the trauma
searched for contrabands,
as Teresa Njoroge.
the case with the other women
vilifies the vulnerable,
these women to prison,
is not equal for all;
to petty survival crimes;
my one-year sentence
to change their mindsets,
capital of the world,
embracing their second chances,
on that bridge of life's journey.
the criminal justice system,
About the speaker:Teresa Njoroge - Criminal and social justice reform advocate
At Clean Start Kenya, Teresa Njoroge builds bridges connecting the formerly imprisoned to the outside world and vice versa.
Why you should listen
Teresa Njoroge is the cofounder and CEO of Clean Start Kenya. She was pursuing her childhood dream, a career in banking, when she was falsely accused of a fraudulent transaction. Sentenced to imprisonment in the High Security Langata Women’s Maximum Prison, Njoroge was forced to bring her three-month-old baby with her.
What began as a loss of career and social standing led to her purpose in life, advocating for Kenyan women, youth and men trapped in a cycle of poverty, survival, petty crimes and life behind bars and equipping them with entrepreneurial skills, jobs and formal education. Later cleared of any wrongdoing, Njoroge is now a beacon of hope and second chances to thousands, with her mission to build up the bottom-of-the-pyramid economy and an inclusive Africa. As she writes: "I am an optimistic, self-driven social entrepreneur with over a decade of progressive experience in economic and social justice work, in my journey from 'I can do it' to 'I did it'!"
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