Deputy President William Ruto showed his support for the informal sector and the youth by making donations of tools and equipment meant to empower them financially. At a ceremony alongside Lang’ata MP Nixon Korir, the DP met leaders of groups involved in enterprises including rearing rabbits, sewing, shoe shining, boda boda and matatu operators.
Among the entrepreneurs who met Ruto at his Karen home on Thursday, June 25, were welders Kelvin Odari and Stephen Odhiambo whose innovation caught the attention of Kenyans.
“I was privileged to meet and interact with Stephen Odhiambo and Dennis Otieno, two enterprising Kenyans with innovative ideas on garden furniture,” Ruto saidwas thrilled by their cutting-edge skills and efforts…I pray to the son of the carpenter from Nazareth to bless the work of their hands,” the DP added.
After engaging them, the deputy president did not let the two welders leave his residence empty-handed. He purchased five of the convertible benches which can be stretched to make a table and folded back into bench mode with a back-rest.
I was privileged to meet and interact with Stephen Odhiambo and Dennis Otieno, two enterprising Kenyans with innovative ideas on garden furniture. I was thrilled by their cutting-edge skills and efforts. pic.twitter.com/ZPMXc8Ddwl— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) June 25, 2020
An impressed Ruto went ahead to have a feel of the seat as the welders promised to deliver his order in a week’s time. One bench costs KSh 22,000, therefore five of them would have cost the DP KSh 110,000. However, the welders said because it was the DP who was purchasing, they were going to sell them to him at a total cost of KSh 150,000.
Ruto was amused but eventually agreed to the price. He made a down payment of KSh 100,000 and promised to clear the balance once the furniture were delivered. Initially, the duo said that they hatched the idea with the aim of changing their lives and people’s perspective towards carpentry.