Mercy Chepkirui is from Kapkimolwa, Bomet county. The mother of nine is a well-known house builder in her locality. She started building after finishing vocational training in local institute. Traditionally Male-dominated careers have, in recent years, become less homogenous as women entered them in increasing numbers. Construction sector remain a redoubt of masculine dominance with only 3% of workers are females.
She said women have advantage as builders because they are more conversant with the issues of what makes for a well-functioning house." Skills, judgement and technology are needed, not strong body" she put in.
She finished her high school education 1990 and got married the same year. Life became hard and resorted to seek for training that would enable her get employment. Her husband, who fishes along Amalo river, help her with school fees beside taking care of young children. She successfully completed and was employed by local contractors to help them.
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