Nancy Engoke Esangalo hails from Banja ward of Hamisi sub-sub county, Vihiga county. The mother of five schooled at Our Lady of Mercy Primary School and Givogi Secondary School before joining Allan Teachers College in Chavakali where she graduated with a Certificate in Early Childhood Development Education. She later proceeded to KCA University where she graduated with a Diploma in County Governance and Management. She borrows her motivation from the fact that she was partly raised in the same area and understand the needs of the people hence her reason to contest so that she can help solve their issues. Nancy’s vision is to bring out accountability and transparency in the ward through the various projects that she will implement as its Member of County Assembly.
Nancy has served as the Maendeleo ya Wanawake Secretary at ward level where she introduced the groups to table banking and also managed to start fish farming through setting up fish ponds among different groups in the sub-location. She is also a member of the Board of Management for Dr Gimose Jiviriri Secondary School where she lobbied for the construction of classrooms and a school hall through CDF funding. Nancy also serves as a Board Member for Museywa Secondary School under which she lobbied for improvement on the education level. She sits on the Erusui Mixed Secondary School board of Management.
As part of improving the quality of education, Nancy set up a private primary school (Banja Le Pic Academy) which currently has a total of 220 students and nineteen staff. She has also advocated for the setting up of a church based school (PAG Gavudia Primary School) which is currently growing, where her personal contribution has been the purchase of plastic chairs for the ECDE classes and assistance in constructing mud-walled classrooms for the students.
Banja ward is affected by high literacy levels among the residents with many children dropping out either due to poverty or death of their parents. Given the sensitivity around access to quality education, Nancy purposes to lobby for universal access to education by all school going children in Banja ward. She also intends to lobby for the equitable distribution of bursaries and employment of ECDE teachers who will provide quality education.
Banja ward depends on two seasonal streams that serve residents of the ward and two marketplaces. In order to access water within the market for example, a trader must pay Ksh20 for a twenty liter jerrycan of water which is costly to traders and time consuming. Upon election, Nancy intends to drill a borehole per market in order to increase access to clean and affordable water, while lobbying the county government to setup tanks for water storage within the ward.
Although the region boasts of very fertile soils, Banja ward residents has of late been getting low yields from their farms due to the current unpredictable rain patterns in the country due to climate change and poor farming methods. Nancy purposes to lobby the county assembly to provide subsidized farm inputs such as seedlings and fertilizer to local farmers in order to assist them improve on their production and overall yield.