Kipchoge leads women groups in Mua in tree planting
Over ten thousand Residents of Mua Ward in Machakos County are set to benefit from free avocado seedlings through a project spearheaded by marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge.
Speaking at Mua after a tree planting exercise during the commemoration of William Gates Sr., Kipchoge said the initiative seeks for the economic empowerment of women, youth and disabled groups.
The Olympic champion challenged county governments to set aside special allocations for tree planting in their annual budgets, urging Kenyans develop a culture of planting trees during celebrations to mark milestones in their lives including graduation ceremonies and birthday parties.
“Planting trees has a big relationship with sport because as sportsmen we need to train in a very good environment and the only way to get that is by planting trees.
“I got the opportunity to hand over avocado trees to women groups here in Mua which is a good initiative because avocado takes care of the environment and also earns you a living,” Kipchoge said.
Helen Ndeti the Director of Chanuka movement aimed at assisting vulnerable women and youth groups in Mua revealed that he will initiate formation of farming Sacco to assist in selling the Avocado produce.
Principal investigator for performance monitoring for action Prof Peter Ngichagi said women groups should be empowered through their cash crop so that they may benefit from produce.