Rispa Atieno was born and raised in Kakwajuok village of Homabay county in a family of ten. The mother of seven relocated to Nakuru town after marriage and she has lived in Kivumbini ward for over two decades with her family. She schooled in Nyaburi Primary School and Omboga Secondary School before joining the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology where she graduated with a Diploma in County Governance. Growing up she struggled with school fees and had to drop out of school more than once before she was finally able to complete high school and this is what has motivated her to go for an elective position so that she can be able to help the needy who do not have the financial muscle to enable them access quality education hence her vision is to ensure that the residents of Kivumbini ward are well represented.
Rispa joined active politics in 2005 and was elected as the Kivumbini Municipal Council Councillor modern day Kivumbini ward in a by election on an ODM ticket and was only able to serve for one year before her term came to an end but she was re-elected again as the area councillor in 2007. During this time, she also served as the chairperson of the finance committee for three years in the municipal assembly.
In 2011, she was elected as the chairperson of the education committee and also served as the chairperson of the public health committee. During this time, she made sure that every ward within Nakuru had a fully functional public health centre. In 2013, she again vied on an ODM party ticket but lost but she has continued to participate in community development projects where she has continued working closely with both women and youth groups within the ward in initiating economic projects.
She is also an influential business woman in Nakuru town with interest in both hospitality and real estate industries. She has also previously worked as an untrained teacher in Nyakango Primary School for three years immediately after high school.
Youth and women in Kivumbini ward are highly affected by poverty which has forced some of them to indulge in criminal activities such as robberies and drug and substance abuse. Rispa intends to set up empowerment centres in every location of the ward where the youth and women will be trained in various skills which can enable them set up their own enterprises as groups or individuals. The centre will also help them source for business capital and other material assistance.
Kivumbini ward is within Nakuru town which is a cosmopolitan urban area but the state of feeder roads and the general drainage system is poor. Rispa purposes to lobby the county government to set aside funds for the tarmacking of feeder roads across the ward and upgrade the drainage system to avoid unnecessary flooding especially during the rainy seasons.
Kivumbini ward has a very high number of school drop outs due to lack of school fees to progress their education. This has led to poverty especially among the youth and women since they lack job opportunities and skills to start their own enterprises. Rispa purposes to lobby the county government and donors to establish a special ward kitty that will cater for paying school fees for needy students from across the ward.