KISII Governor James Ongwae yesterday urged women to take up stone carving as a means of fighting poverty. Ongwae said women should not fear engaging in stone carving because it is dominated by men.
"This is not a male domain as many of you think, women should roll up their sleeves because they have what it takes to make good carvings," he said. Ongwae was speaking at Gusii Institute of Technology during the launch of a one month African StonesTalk Symposium.
The symposium is organised by Design Power Consultants He said women should shun traditional cultures which restrained them from venturing into some income generating activities. "Women participants in this symposium have demonstrated that they can equally compete with men in carving stones," Ongwae said.
He said he has discovered that Kisii is rich in granite which the sculptors carve into scuptures. "It is my first time to hear that we have serious granite that can be used to make beautiful sculptures and earn a lot of income for our people," Ongwae said. He said the sculpture industry will grow fast i women engage in it.