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Lucy Mary Athieno
Field of Study: Business
Leadership Institute: Dartmouth College
Lucy Athieno has had over three years of experience working with youth, with a special emphasis on girls and women. As part of this work, she has created Eco-pads, which are environmentally friendly, cost effective, and comfortable sanitary kits for women and girls to ensure increased retention of girls in school. She also serves as the Project Coordinator of Kadama Widows Association, an organization that supports families living and affected by HIV/AIDS to enjoy longer and productive lives. Lucy is a graduate of Industrial and Organizational Psychology with postgraduate training in topics related to project planning and management, monitoring and evaluation, leadership and governance, and entrepreneurship. On her return from the Washington Fellowship, she plans to launch Eco-pads, mentor young girls to ensure they stay in school, and continue to sensitize the communities on the importance of girls' education.