Gladys is the last born in a family of six children. Her father is eighty-eight years old and has four wives, two of whom he cared for after his brother was killed during the pre-independence State of Emergency declaration.
Just before Gladys sat her KCPE examination, her mother became gravely ill and the family poured all of their finances toward restoring her health, leaving Gladys with no means but to attend the local Kagio Mixed Day Secondary School despite having an exceptional 428 marks.

There she studied alongside students who┬áon average had scored 200 on their KCPE. Due┬áto limited education resources at Kagio, Gladys’┬áperformance dropped significantly and scored a B┬áon KCSE examination. Although this grade was┬ásufficient for her to go to university, she knew she┬áwould not afford college. Fortunately, Gladys┬álearned about ELP, and decided to repeat Form┬á4 with a view of becoming the top student in her┬ádistrict. A year later she emerged the top girl at┬áMutira Girls with a straight A and was selected┬áinto ELP.

Gladys credits ELP with exposing her to career and educational opportunities, helping her become a responsible citizen and cultivating in her a desire to serve. With help from ELP, Gladys was among a group of three Equity scholars to conduct a project-based internship at Philips East Africa in 2014. She has since won fellowship with the World Youth Alliance and is preparing to travel to Nigeria to participate in a 3-month Voluntary Service Oversees (VSO) volunteer program funded by the UK government