, SUGOI, Uasin Gishu, Dec 22 – More than 4,000 women from Turbo in Uasin Gishu County received a festive surprise after they were presented with chicks from Deputy President William Ruto and his wife, Rachel.
Mr. Ruto gave more than 20,000 chicks and other niceties to the women at his Sugoi home.
The Deputy President said poultry farming was a good business venture that has greatly transformed the lives of many Kenyans in rural areas.
He said he wanted to empower the women to engage in poultry farming to eke a living.
“Poultry farming has greatly reduced the poverty level among many women in rural areas and this is why we think we should encourage more women to pick this up,” said Mr Ruto.
“We want to see women have a daily income and improve their lives,” he added.
The project will benefit 204 small-scale poultry women farmers in the area.
Mrs Jane Chepkorir, one of the beneficiaries said the project will go a long way in uplifting their living standards.
“On behalf of my colleagues, I wish to sincerely thank the Deputy President for this project. This will uplift our living standards,” said Mrs Chepkorir.
Governor Jackson Mandago (Uasin-Gishu), MPs Janet Sitienei (Turbo), Oscar Sudi (Kapseret) and former MPs Paul Otuoma (Funyula) and Ababu Namwamba (Budalangi) were also present.
Later, the Deputy President asked Kenyans to support children from poor family backgrounds to enable them enjoy the festive season.
He spoke while donating 175 goats and various food items to children from 35 orphanages in Uasin Gishu County.
The food items included, sugar, maize flour, rice, cooking oil and baking flour.
“This is a season for giving and those of us who can should help children from poor backgrounds have the best of this season,” said Mr Ruto.
“I also ask Kenyans who have the means and the love to adopt children from homes and orphanages to give them a chance in life,” said Mr Ruto.
Mr Ruto said it was the responsibility of Kenyans to take care of the less fortunate children in the society.