Details of President Uhuru Kenyatta's Meeting With Rachel Ruto

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted Deputy President William Ruto's wife Mama Rachel Ruto in State House.

    The President's team posted on Twitter that the Head of State hosted Mrs Ruto who invited him to the to preside over Joyful Women Organization's Annual Thanksgiving and Celebrations Ceremony an NGO which Mrs Ruto is the patron.

    "Met @MamaRachelRuto, the Patron of Joyful Women Organization who briefed me on the progress of the organization and invited me to preside over JOYWO’s Annual Thanksgiving and Celebrations Ceremony later this year," the tweet read.

    JOYWO is an NGO founded to empower Kenyan women economically and enhance household food security among them by supporting their involvement in sustainable livelihood projects. 

    [caption caption="President Uhuru Kenyatta with Rachel Ruto in State House"][/caption]

    Their flagship project was providing financial resources to women to engage in livelihood projects through a scheme known as Table Banking. 

    The organization noted: "This continues to be one of its core strategic interventions as it also strengthens their responses to other key issues such as; supporting access to markets from products from the livelihood projects.

    Additionally, the NGO remarked: "Enhancing growth of women’s small-scale businesses into large-scale investments and also strengthening identification and incubation of diverse livelihood projects is part of the mandate."

    Although the organisation was largely for women, membership was not restricted to them as some men, too, registered albeit with limited privileges.

    In a previous interview, Mrs Ruto noted that men should not be more than a third of the total membership of a given group and that are also not allowed to hold any official positions in the group leadership.

    [caption caption="President Uhuru Kenyatta with Rachel Ruto and members of JOYWO at State House"][/caption]

    She noted that it is through the formation of women groups that represent the interest for women in both rural and town areas and assist them to make proposals and draw business plans that they can benefit from emerging financial institutions.