Despite having just turned 20 years old, Sarah Wanjiku is far from being idle while at her garage in Nyeri town, where she sports the customary attire of a mechanic Wanjiku hails from Nyeri and grew up as one of five siblings, and it was during her childhood that she first discovered her passion for the automotive industry According to Wanjiku, one of the biggest challenges in the automotive industry is the risk of accidental damage when working on a customer’s vehicle
At the Nyeri town matatu terminus, Sarah Wanjiku, a 20-year-old automobile repairer, is clad in her usual work attire of blue overalls, black sports shoes, and a black cap, ready to begin her routine.
Born in Nyeri and raised in a family of five, Wanjiku attended Temple Road Primary School and later completed her studies at Riamukurwe Secondary School in 2019.
Wanjiku’s passion for the automotive industry began during her childhood, and after completing high school, she immediately began training as an electric wiring mechanic.
“Immediately after I completed my high school studies in 2019, I embarked on training as a mechanic, specialising in electrical wiring,” she said. “It took me two years to gain the required skills,” narrated Wanjiku Despite societal prejudices that often discourage women from pursuing non-traditional jobs, Wanjiku credits her family for their unwavering support and encouragement to follow her heart
One of the challenges Wanjiku faces in her profession is the risk of accidentally damaging a customer’s vehicle while repairing it.
However, Wanjiku emphasizes the importance of continuous learning and unlearning to improve her skills as an expert in her field.