Hellen's story

Hellen's story


Hellen attended MASK’s Creativity Club in her school in a remote village in West Laikipia, Kenya. For three years she participated in the weekly arts-based programmes that strengthen creativity and innovation of students. After leaving school, she became MASK’s volunteer for a year and then went to study analytical chemistry at college. There she invented a new drug that her college wanted to patent “in order to sell to manufacturers’, Hellen explains, "MASK developed my habit of innovating. I want to innovate everything now!" 

After graduating, within just weeks, she found a job at a pharmaceutical company in Nairobi and within months, being just 22, was promoted to “supervise an all-male team that had been at the company for years”. She credited her success to creativity: “Coming to the new job, I suggested the more effective ways of managing some aspects of it and got promoted.” In a year she moved to an even larger pharmaceutical company where she soon became “responsible for the design of new analytical procedures". She was given her own office and a higher salary. Hellen joined a land-investment group and bought some land that she dreams of dedicate "to agricultural innovation": "MASK taught me to think outside the box, to be entrepreneurial."

Recently she was employed by a leading global pharmaceutical company in Nairobi. Interviewing dozens candidates, the company selected just nine for the final interview, and Hellen got the job. "You stood out for your creative attitude," the company's Human Resources Manager told her. Hellen explains: "80 percent of questions at the interview were about problem-solving. The company wanted to know how creatively I approach the challenges." Employers need creative people like Hellen. They know how to change paradigm, kick-start new idea and do job better. “Thank you, MASK. Creativity empowered me beyond my dreams", says Hellen.

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