Mrs. Ruto urges women to invest in education


Deputy President William Ruto’s wife, Rachel says women investment in education was indispensable for their empowerment.

She said it is through investment in education that women can transform their lives.

Mrs. Ruto said education may be a long-term investment but it pays off at both individual and national level.

She noted that educated population will also drive the country’s VISION 2030 aspirations.

Mrs. Ruto said the country had enough universities and colleges which continue to offer education to Kenyans irrespective of their status saying it was high time women enrolled in such institutions to gain skills on among others matters of investments.

“As the country gets into the digital age, it is important that as women we are not left behind. Let us invest in education so that we can be ready to confront the challenges ahead of us,” said Mrs. Ruto.

She made the remarks at the Kamadet hotel in Kakamega town when she addressed women groups from 12 constituencies in the County during the launch of table banking concept, where members’ save and access loans from their savings.

Mrs. Ruto who was flanked by Rachel Ameso (Kakamega Women MP) and Priscilla Oparanya, wife of Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya asked women to embrace table banking through their groups to eradicate poverty.

She said several Counties have so far embraced and benefitted from the table banking system noting that economic empowerment of women was key to the country’s development.

“Efforts to eradicate poverty can only succeed if women are part of the solution. It is because of this reason that I ask you to take matters of table banking seriously and embrace it as this concept can empower us economically,” said Mrs. Ruto.

She said the fight against poverty and hunger in rural areas can be won if women participate in economic activities aimed at uplifting their living standards.

Women in the area said they were ready to embrace table banking which they said has transformed the lives of their colleagues in areas which have already implemented the programme.

Mrs. Ameso and Mrs. Oparanya said women should change the attitude that procurement jobs are just reserved for men, companies and experienced persons.

They said women should be on the lookout for opportunities created by the new dispensation saying the constitution has created numerous opportunities for the development of women.

Ms Ameso said the constitution has given women and youth equal opportunities in leadership and public appointments and should therefore take advantage of the situation to engage in activities aimed at uplifting their living standards.

She urged women to help the Government in the fight against insecurity, saying development of women groups will be elusive if there was no peace.

“As women who are always with our children at home and we should talk to them on the need to live in peace among themselves and with their neighbours because without peace we cannot impl3ment our development projects,’ said Ms Ameso.

Ms Ameso said women in the county were focused and were ready to implement development projects aimed at uplifting their living standards saying it was time to support the Government in implementing its development agenda for Kenyans.

“Time to engage in politics is over. We are now ready to embrace table banking concept to transform the lives of our women and that of our people in general,” said Ms Ameso.