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Women Hit Worst by Rising Costs of Living

Pamela used to comfortably provide food for her four children from the little wages she earned from vending water. But now the rising cost of living has made her job almost irrelevant to her needs. Her wages have stagnated yet her expenses continue to become more expensive. Pamela like many mothers worries a lot for her children’s next meal. Mothers’ traditional role of cooking for their families is getting hard hit from the current rising costs of living. Kenyans living below poverty line can hardly put food on their tables. In Kenya, the spiraling cost of living has prompted the Consumer Federation of Kenya to find a way to make consumers life a bit more bearable. The federation’s general secretary , Stephen Mutoro, at a press briefing said plans are underway to provide consumers with price lists of different outlets so as to give them an option of choosing the most affordable shopping outlets.
While this may be a solution to managing the costs of living, the most basic solution such as proving a steady income for families is still facing hurdles. In Kenya currently the rate of employment is at 40 % according to the World Central Intelligence Agency( CIA) fact book. This means at least one out every two Kenyans is unemployed. Women therefore form the bulk of the unemployed population since they are the majority of the population. These unemployed women definitely have children they must provide for. The poverty cycle is evidently grasping tight the ability of these mothers to provide for their children.
Spiraling costs of fuel and basic commodities has sent Kenyans on the street to protest against the harsh reality. Civil society groups and ordinary citizens marched on the streets of Nairobi asking the government to intervene.
The lasting solution may lie in women’s ability to mobilize and create new money- making opportunities to supplement their income or to create more employment opportunities for themselves. Women leaders have a task here, to see grass root women awaken to the solutions towards tackling the rising costs of living. If every woman gets even a minimal supplement to her income, it would be possible for them to enjoy preparing those sumptuous meals for their children again.


My sister, thanks for this...I always thought I knew about women and poverty becasue of my background, but my work in STAR NGO which I founded last year has ttruly shown that the World does not even understand what poverty and female have in common! I have not seen anything when I said I have seen it all, Now I am awake...we must save womanhood. Poverty is targetted at women, it is another form of gender based violence.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town


thanks for your comment dear.
poverty for a woman means lack special medical care at child birth.
poverty for a woman means missing school because you cannot afford to buy sanitary towels.
poverty for a woman means being a household slave in the guise of a maid.
it means watching your children sleep hungry.
it means your family selling you to a man for bride price.
this painful litany tells us how much we need to empower women financially.

ikirimat's picture

You ae right sis

Perfect analysis

Grace Ikirimat

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