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Avoid Freebies, Rachel Urges

April 28, 2014

Kings Waweru and Wanjohi Gakio

DEPUTY President William Ruto's wife Mrs Rachael Ruto has challenged women in the country to stop relying on free things and work hard to sustain themselves and their families.

Addressing women groups in Catholic hall in Rumuruti Township where she expressed the need for table banking, Mrs Ruto urged women to form groups that can borrow loan from lending institutions.

She told them to invest passionately in sustainable businesses that will see them put food on their tables, in addition to acquiring wealth.

"Women, free things will never make us move ahead. Let us work hard and do businesses and forget free things" said Mrs Ruto.

County women representative Ms Jane Apollos, Senator G G Kariuki and Laikipia West legislator Dr Wachira Karani supported her, saying it was a wakeup call for all women.

She said that in the year 2009, women groups in Nandi County contributed Sh 60,000 through the table banking concept popularly known as Chamas where today they have a capital base of Sh 600m.

Senator Kariuki said some years back, a women group in Laikipia County formed a revolving fund whereby they bought 383,000 acres of land and settled with their families.

He noted that women movement worldwide is unstoppable, adding that the concept can grow to a fully fledged banking institution.

He however decried insecurity in the area, urging the national government to tame the roaming cattle rustlers from the neighbouring counties.

Photo By Kings Waweru

From left, Laikipia senator G G Kariuki, Mrs Rachael Ruto and Laikipia county women representative Ms Jane Apollos at Rumuruti Catholic hall on Friday

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Source: AllAfrica

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