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Mrs. Kabogo Encourages Women To Venture Into The Construction Industry

Mrs. Philomena Nduta Kabogo (center), the Kiambu County Chief Officer Youth and Sport Mrs. Marie Mugo (extreme right) and the CEO Timeless Women of Wonder Nyakan Munyeki while attending the women empowerment forum.
Kenya women have been encouraged to get into the male dominated construction industry and reap from the industry which is creating a lot of wealth in the country.

Mrs. Philomena Nduta Kabogo, the wife to Kiambu Governor William Kabogo said that there were so many job opportunities which women could tap into if at all they did away with the notion that the industry is only meant for men.

Speaking at the Thika Sub-County Stadium yesterday during a women training forum, Mrs. Kabogo said that opportunities like plumbing, tiling, roofing, painting, electrical wiring among others were area the women could take advantage of.

The training dubbed ‘unveiling her star’, which is in collaboration with Timeless Women of Wonder, is aimed at unleashing the women’s potential by empowering, inspiring and supporting them.

“We are going to train 1, 500 women between the ages of 16-65 years at the Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology (KIST),” explained Mrs. Kabogo.

Chief Officer Youth and Sports Mrs. Marie Mugo said that the women will be taken through the theoretical and practical training of the various courses that they will choose.

“After the training we will hold the women’s hands and help them get the jobs in the construction industry where they will now be able to create wealth by becoming constructors and suppliers,” explained Mrs. Mugo.

Shalom Waithera who has been in the construction industry for 10 years as an interior designer challenged the women to stop being dependent on their husbands by always asking for money but instead get jobs in the construction industry and achieve financial freedom.

Meanwhile, Kiambu County Rural Women SACCO has today received KShs 2.5 Million worth of Biashara Fund from Kiambu County Government.

The SACCO has an active membership of over 280 members drawn from all the 60 wards in the County.

Speaking during their AGM which was also the awarding ceremony earlier on today, CEC member in charge of the department of Youth Affairs, Sports and Communication Machel Waikenda said that the County is committed to empowering the lives of women, youth and persons with disabilities through the Biashara Fund.

Also in attendance was the Chief Officer Marie Mugo, Biashara Fund Manager John G Mwangi (Johnie Gee) and other County officials.

Sarah Wamaitha, the chairlady of the SACCO, expressed her gratitude on behalf of the members.

"We are thankful to the county government for their continued support.”

So far, the County has disbursed over KShs 100million to 149 groups and 1,098 individuals. The disbursement is still ongoing to the already processed applications while new group applications are still being received in all ward administrators offices or sub-county youth and sports offices.

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