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Inside/Out with Gamuchira Chituri, Founder and Programme Manager, Paruware Trust
January 28, 2011

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Describe yourself in five words?
Entrepreneurial, fun loving, very optimistic, and love people.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Don't give up.

What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
When I went to Croatia we were asked to do a traditional dance. I've never done that, but they didn't know it.

What is your most treasured possession?
My Bible.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
When you've lost all hope and don't know what to do.

Do you have any strange hobbies?
Thinking. I actually lie on my back and just think. The other is looking at people and trying to imagine what they do, and think.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My teeth. I used to suck my thumb, so it's no one's fault but my own.

What is your greatest extravagance?
I took a holiday with my daughter in Kenya, Mombasa and spent a lot of money.

What have you got in your fridge?
Margarine, tomato sauce, bread, eggs, water and meat.

What is your greatest fear?
Not succeeding. Maybe I expect too much of myself. When I look at what I think I can do, you know to whom much is given, much is also expected. I want to make an impact, a difference in the lives of young people. To take someone from a state where they have no hope and show him or her that there's more. And then to watch them succeed.

What have you got in your pockets right now?
My phone.

What is your favourite journey?
I used to like going home from school. Just looking at the greenery and going home.

Who are your heroes in real life?
One of them was my dad who passed away. He started form nothing and worked so hard. He was writing exams when I was writing them. I thought that perseverance is something unique. I also admire Jacqueline Novogratz the founder of Acumen. She's shown me what it takes to be honest with yourself.

When and where were you happiest?
On my honeymoon.

What's your biggest vice?
Laughing at inappropriate times.

What were you like at school?
I was very quiet. I was laid-back. People who learnt with me, might not remember me. They might know what I did, but they didn't know me.

What are you doing next?
I'd like to study a bit more. Some people already think that I've over studied. I want to do research and get more information especially on social entrepreneurship.

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