People do engage in various jobs in an attempt to sustain themselves and their families economically, but there are other jobs that may require courage and resilience to carry out especially for the women gender.
On our way from Kathangacini to Gatunga in Tharaka North sub county, our attention was caught by a group of women working along the main road in a village they identified as Kang’eenya Nkuru just a few kilometres from Kathangacini market.
The group comprising of women and underage children have set up a place along the road where they gathers and breaks sizeable rocks into fine hardcore which they then sells to willing buyers for construction purposes.
Even as the activity itself might be hard, it is worsened by the fact that the women and their children are forced to carry large rocks from far places to the place of work on their backs since as they lack equipments like wheelbarrows to ease their work.
Eunice Kawira one of the women explained how the hard toil leaves them worn out at the end the day after having ferried the rocks on their backs during the day. “The venture is not easy at all as you can see that even our men have shunned it.Having carried the stones throughout the day, one leaves the place exhausted and thus other `activities’ are left suspended,’’ Kawira said.
Another challenge the women are facing is lacking equipment for operation and also protective gears to keep them safe in their activities. We noted that the group used mere rocks in breaking others rocks while they held them using bare hands which risks them being hurt.
Grace Gatuura another woman in the group told News Flash 254 that lack of resources has prompted them to operate without tools of work and protective gears and thus called upon willing leaders like the area MCA for Gatunga ward Mr.Mutegi Rugia and Mama County Ms. Beatrice Nkatha to chip in and offer a helping hand.
Despite this hard labour under the scorching Tharaka sun, the group revealed that they are extorted in terms of prices that they are offered for their commodity. “A wheelbarrow of the hardcore goes at Sh 100 and at times Sh 80 which is very little compared to the work we does here but since we have no alternative we are forced to sell our commodity at the prices,’ narrated another woman.
The group from Gikingo therefore sent an appealing message to their elected leaders to offer them equipments among them being wheelbarrows for easier transport of the stones to the site and also metal hammers and handles for breaking the rocks to avoid being hurt while going on with their activities.