When girls come together, big things happen

Lynda Kanguha, a mechanical engineer in plumbing works and automotive, during the interview at Nation Centre in Nairobi on December 10, 2020. Photo | Dennis Onsongo

What you need to know:

  • Ms Lynda Kanguhe is one of the few women mechanical engineers in Kenya having specialised in plumping and automotive works.
  • She studied at Starehe Girls' Centre and later joined Moi University to pursue Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Production.
  • The University of Nairobi Masters in Nuclear Science student is a beneficiary of the Global Give Back Circle.

The mechanical engineering field is one that has some of the highest gender gaps globally, with men dominating the sector. But a group of girls has set out to transform this by mentoring girls in Sciences. 
At 28, Lynda Kanguhe, is one of the few women mechanical engineers in Kenya, having a specialty in plumping and automotive works.
From her interactions with her guardian, a mechanical engineer, Ms Kanguhe got inspired to pursue mechanical engineering as a career.
“In the evenings around 2003 and 2004, my guardian and I would brainstorm on some of the mechanical issues that he faced at work and how he got to troubleshoot them. That is how I got interested to learn more about his job,” recollects Ms Kanguhe.
The more she learnt about mechanical engineering, the more she fell in love with it. But it is after she had joined Starehe Girls’ Centre in 2007 that she got to interact with a lady who was a mechanical engineer at Kengen and regularly visited the girls to encourage and mentor them. She soon discovered that there exists gender gaps in the field, something that prompted her to work towards pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
“I thought, why not give it a shot?” Ms Kanguhe states.

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