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Edinah Chepkoech Tesot

Edinah Chepkoech Tesot was born in Kericho county in a family of six but her family relocated to Trans Nzoia county where she started her schooling. She schooled at Township Primary School in Trans Nzoia and Ortum Girls Primary School in West Pokot where she sat for her KCPE before proceeding to Kabuyefwe Secondary School where she sat her KCSE examinations. She later joined Neema Bible College for a Diploma in Theology. A widow and mother of three children lives with her children in Bidii ward, Kwanza constituency of Trans Nzoia county. Edinah faced numerous challenges after the death of her husband and based on her experiences and those of other widows and this is what has motivated to contest an elective post as the Member of County Assembly for Bidii ward so that she can be able to assist other widows. She cites the lack of transparency within the ward and the cultural constraints where women have no say as her primary motivation to take up political office. Her vision is to provide quality leadership where each resident is equal and able to access services that include health, education and infrastructure so that they can be empowered and their economic and social status raised.

Edinah is an evangelist at Endtime Glorious Chapel and a farmer, Edinah is the Chairlady of Fahamu Women Group under which a support group for people living with HIV was formed to provide HIV testing and counseling (Fahamu Hali Yako) and savings through table banking. Each member of Fahamu Women Group has a running business and as a result can cater for their families.

She is also the Chairperson of Totet Women Group, a twenty-six member group that saves through table banking and runs a thriving poultry business where they sell both eggs and broilers. She is also in charge of the Mercy Ministries within her church through which she channels both her personal and other donations to needy and vulnerable members of the church and community. Mercy is a member of the Board of Management in her local school. In her personal capacity, she has supported in educating three children from her village where two of them have now been employed, one as a police officer and the other as a teacher.

Development Agenda:  

Health

Bidii ward has insufficient health facilities. It houses only two poorly equipped and far-flung dispensaries that cannot cater for the ward’s population. Edinah intends to build and equip dispensaries within each sub-location. She also purposes to advocate the residents to get medical covers such as the cover through joining the affordable National Health Insurance (NHIF) so that they can be able to access good healthcare. She also intends to lobby for mobile ambulances that will handle emergency medical cases and conduct community outreaches through which medical camps and HIV and other terminal infections testing will be conducted.

Education

There are insufficient ECDE centers within the ward with the existing schools having poor infrastructure. Additionally, many students skip and drop out of school due to lack of school fees. Edinah purposes to conduct an awareness campaign to educate the community on the importance of forming Savings and Credit Societies (SACCOs) and saving through them, where they can access loans for school fees. She also intends to move a motion that will increase financing to add more ECDE centers across the ward that will cater for the large number of children joining school. She also intends to reach out to well-wishers and other stakeholders to support the initiative.

Empowerment

There are high levels of unemployment among the youth and women of Bidii ward resulting in high crime rates and over indulgence in drug and substance abuse. This has resulted in high poverty levels among these group who are marginalized by the society. Edinah intends to advocate for creation of opportunities for both the youth and women so that they can be involved in economic activities through creating opportunities for them and encouraging to form registered groups that will enable them access government funding and other grants to boost their enterprises. She also purposes to lobby the county government to set aside funds for construction of a rehabilitation center to help drug abusers. She will also encourage the women and youth to start small businesses and create an online knowledge sharing platform through which entrepreneurs can share.

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