|Why invest in Uasin Gishu?|
Uasin Gishu County lies in the mid-west of the Rift Valley. It covers an area of 3,345.2 SQ km. The county is located in the Uasin-Gishu plateau a serene environment with many agricultural activities. Eldoret is the administrative and commercial centre of the county. It is an important education centre and a crucial transport corridor linking Kenya to Uganda and South Sudan.
The county is only 40 miles North of the Equator, it is 6800 feet above sea level.The county has a very good climate conducive for agriculture, tourist attractions and home to a large and growing consumer market. It has a high altitude, making it a suitable centre for athletics training.
Uasin Gishu experiences high and reliable rainfall which is evenly distributed through
Uasin Gishu County is home to 894,179 people as per the 2009 National Statistics, representing 50% male and 50% female
Some of the notable personalities from Uasin Gishu include Kenyas’ deputy president William Samoei Ruto, former Olympic Champion Kipchoge Keino and world’s 800m champion Janet Jepkosgei. Other personalities from the county are renowned World Athletics champions Wilson Kipketer and Wilfred Bungei.
Eldoret, an attractive town, built in the centre of the fertile Uasin Gishu plateau, it is situated about half-way between Nairobi and Kampala, the capital cities of Kenya and Uganda respectively. Thus it is strategically located as a regional financial, communication and transportation hub.
The county has the most developed infrastructure and is well connected to other regions of the country as well as neighbouring states by road, air and rail.
The county also hosts Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) Eldoret, the country’s second-largest facility that provides health services to residents in the Western Kenya region and also from the neighbouring states. The region has a total of 201 health facilities:115 public facilities
It has leading hospitality facilities, making it conducive for travellers who want to put up in the region. The hospitality of Uasin Gishu residents has seen continued growth in population in the town thus translating to great opportunities for wealth creation. Upcoming high-rise buildings are evidence of thriving economic activities in the town and its environs.
Eldoret is the financial services hub for the North Rift Region. Currently, more than 30 banks operate from the town. Several microfinance and savings Credit and Cooperative Societies (SACCOs) have opened branches in the region owing to the conducive business opportunities.
Uasin Gishu County boasts of over 770 primary schools, 158 secondary schools and about 15 tertiary institutions. Some top secondary schools in Uasin Gishu include Moi Girls secondary, Hill school Primary and Secondary School, SOS school, Uasin Gishu (UG) secondary and Kapsoya secondary all located within Eldoret town.Others are Moiben Boys ’ High School, Turbo Girls’ and Kamagut Secondary schools among others.
Uasin-Gishu is considered the home of champions since almost all world beaters have a home in the county. Opportunities exist in the development of sports academies to nurture the budding talent.
h) Agricultural Value Addition.
The region is considered part of Kenya’s breadbasket. Since the large and medium scale, Maize and wheat farms contribute to the national food security. Opportunities exist for capacity building and technology transfer to support the farming activities.
The county seeks investors for joint venture partnerships with farmers to develop milk processing plants.
The county produces quality passion fruits that are currently being exported to Uganda.
The Eldoret International Airport provides a good avenue for meat Exports. Opportunities exist in assisting in the construction of modern abattoirs.