Kenneth sells baskets, hoping to be a pastor


By ENAMYRA ANI (UPNG Journalism Student)
KENNETH Ismael plans to be trained as a pastor and is selling baskets to raise money for his college fees.
He also sells the carvings he makes.
The man from Obwelia village in Milne Bay spent the past two weeks selling his baskets and carvings at the Boroko market before returning home.
Kenneth wants to pay for his college fees for the two-year course.
“The trip to Port Moresby is for me to raise funds for my dream that next year I’ll be going to the college at Waruwada to study for my pastor course for two years.”
Kenneth began his education at the Okaikoda Community School in Kiriwina. He was accepted at the Cameron High School to do grades seven, eight, nine and 10.
He later attended the Goroka Technical College.
“I completed my course at Goroka Technical College but didn’t find a job. So I went home to the village. I stay in the village helping my family make gardens and also do carvings to sell at the markets. There is no proper market to sell what you have. Therefore you have to move around to find good customers.”
The Obwelia Women’s Fellowship has been helping Kenneth weave baskets for him to sell.
He may be facing struggles but is determined to achieve his dream.
“I’m going to the mission. I want to quit my little business and just concentrate on sharing the word of God.”