Economic impact of Institutions of Higher Learning on Embu County
The once sleepy town of Embu is slowly coming back to life, with the resumption of studies for the September – November semester. Thousands of students new and continuing are set to commence or resume their studies in various tertiary / higher learning institutions. Embu University boasts a vast majority of these students with Embu college, Chuka university, KMTC Embu, achievers college taking up a major piece of the over 9,000 students in tertiary and higher level learning institutions population combined.
The economic activities and livelihoods of traders in Embu town are receiving a major boost as a result of the increased numbers.
Economic activities in the neighbourhood which include food kiosks, mama mboga businesses, mpesa shops, cosmetics outlets, Bodaboda operations, cyber services where students do research, houses to let etc among others are the major benefactors.
Real estate business has also received a significant boost in the past 5 years with opening up and growth of towns, and estates. Wherever you visit Embu town you are bound to see a new building coming up. This is in a bid to accommodate the evergrowing population. which is in line with the Presidents big 4 agenda of having adequate housing for the Kenyan population. Blue Valley estate, Kiambuthi, sunrise, Gakwegori, Kangaru Springvalley, Kamiu, Majimbo & Majengo and the whole of Embu town at large.
The impact of the large student population has also had a political effect, for example, the election of the Kirimari member of county assembly on Mr Morris Nyaga had to do a lot with the acceptability among the large student population and their influence on other youths.
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