Beatrice Karwitha Kiragu is a Kenyan-born woman from Kambereu, Giaki in Meru County, where she has lived for most of her life.
She is currently the Board Director at the Kenya Veterinary Vaccine Production Institute, and the Chairperson to the Nairobi County Ward Development Fund. She is also the Chairperson – Kenya Women Agenda (KEWOA).
According to Beatrice Karwitha, her motivation to run for Member of Parliament in North Imenti is pushed by her unquenchable desire to make an impact in the lives of young girls and boys, particularly those who have dropped out of school.
Beatrice Karwitha Education Profile
She attended Kathirune Primary School and Kaaga Girls High School. In her KCPE examinations, she came out as one of the best pupils in Giaki zone. At Kaaga Girls, Beatrice also emerged as one of the best girls in the school and in Meru County.
Beatrice has over time grown to be a renown strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit. She graduated from Nairobi University with a Bachelor of Education Degree in Mathematics and Economics and a Degree in Procurement.
Her education was supplemented by a Diploma in Sales and Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management.
A tireless advocate in her immediate community, Beatrice Karwitha was the treasurer of the Young Christian Society in the university and the coordinator of students’ affairs in the same school.
She has partnered with her local church – the Giaki Catholic Church – to build a school, improve the education in the area, and to better serve families in need.
Beatrice has worked on various projects that generate money for the community, including buying tents, water pipes, and poultry rearing.
She mentors women and youth on how to participate in public tenders so they can benefit from the 30% allocated for special groups by the government.
On matters Agriculture, Beatrice Karwitha was able to identify a missing link in cash crop farming in the constituency.
With her passion to empower enterprises in Meru and Kenya at large, she sought partnerships with emerging entrepreneurs to revive cash crop farming in North Imenti.
Through such initiatives, she has managed to link cotton, coffee, sorghum and macadamia farmers to multinationals hence fetching better prices.
Beatrice has also lobbied for power (electricity) connectivity in Imenti North and other parts of Meru County, which has in return led to the sprouting of business opportunities such as cottage industries.
Beatrice is a known Sports enthusiast. She has continually partnered with several local clubs to support youths in sports activities like football, volleyball.
Her excellence in diplomacy is also visible in her talks with international teams to invest in local talents.
Beatrice Karwitha’s Agenda
Education, Unemployment and Poverty form the bedrock of Beatrice Karwitha’s main agenda for the North Imenti people.
Having been involved in many projects to help the community, she hopes to make use of her networks and experience to reduce the unemployment rates of the youth in North Imenti constituency.
Her mission is to impact the North Imenti residents with skills they need to become self-sufficient.
Beatrice envisions a North Imenti full of empowered and self-sufficient youths and women. Her lowest moments are scenes of at-risk youth and missed opportunities due to lack of education.
She seeks an opportunity to inspire and help more people to live a healthy lifestyle and take control of their lives.
Beatrice Karwitha says her top priority is education. Many students in the constituency of North Imenti struggle to pay school fees.
As MP, Beatrice would like to partner with organizations to make it easier for low-income households to afford education for their children.
Her promise to the North Imenti people is that bursaries will be distributed equally and fairly among all deserving students.
Once elected as the next North Imenti MP, Beatrice Karwitha hopes to implement a lasting solution to the high unemployment rates in the constituency.
She plans to work with members in her community to offer programs that will help develop their skills. One idea she believes will yield great results is to offer a training program to help people take advantage of the 30% of government jobs offered in the area.
Beatrice also says there is need to provide support for the local youth and women in order to give them more opportunities for work.
Beatrice has high hopes that the current North Imenti’s poverty rates can be turned around.
She plans to advocate for irrigation projects at the national level, partner with donors to fund water projects, and drill boreholes to promote agriculture. All of these actions will take place once she is elected.
North Imenti is one of the most impoverished regions in Kenya, and Beatrice Karwitha has vowed to change this.
“North Imenti needs a leader who has been with them in every situations and understands their lives better. I will work to create more jobs for them, empower their businesses and Make education their first priority,” she says.
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