Strategic Planning in Women Groups in the Realization of Vision 2030: Wareng Sub County in Eldoret Town.
Kenya vision 2030 is a development vehicle that requires every Kenyan on board. For women to contribute effectively to the realization of vision 2030, the millennium development goals (MDGs) sought to improve the lives of people living in the global by reducing poverty and hunger, as well as improving access to health, education, water and sanitation. The purpose of this study is to assess the need for strategic planning in women groups and how to help women in contributing towards the realization of vision 2030 in Kenya. The study was guided by the following objectives: - to assess the effects of resources management of women groups in realization of vision 2030, to investigate the effects of leadership role of women groups in realization of vision 2030, to find out the effects of management role of women groups in realization of vision 2030 and to establish the effects of commitment of women groups in realization of vision 2030 in Wareng sub county. The study targeted a population of 2,117 women drawn from 131 women groups allied to seven financial institutions within Eldoret town. Stratified random sampling technique was used in selecting the sample and a sample of 322 women was taken. To ensure validity of the research instrument, the researcher ensured the content validity of the questionnaire by consulting the supervisor and other research experts to ensure that the questions test or measure what they were intended to measure. The reliability of data collection instruments was determined from the pilot study where the researcher administered the research instruments to the other women groups in Eldoret West Sub County. Cronbach’s coefficient Alpha of more than 0.7 was taken as the cut off value for being acceptable. The data collection instruments entailed the use of questionnaires. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and was presented in, frequency tables and percentages. The findings of the study indicated that the majority of women were attached to Kenya women finance trust with the least number deriving their services from Family Bank. The respondents also indicated that the majority of the women had been repaying their loans within 5 years and those who had spread their repayment period for 20 years were the least. Majority of the respondents indicated that they had received their funding mainly from well wishers and income generating activities. On enhancing strategic implementation success, organizations select the right people for key positions and the managers always determine the degrees of authority needed to manage each organizational unit. Majority of the respondents agreed that, strategic planning policies in their groups were weak therefore hindering implementation of the strategic plans. The recommendations were that resources such as funds should be availed on time and be allocated based on the objectives of strategic plans. The women group management should provide a leadership role in ensuring that all the women are committed towards realization of Vision 2030 by implementing the group strategic plans. The study further recommended that women leaders and women groups should be equipped with the necessary managerial and conceptual skills to help them successfully implement strategic plans in gearing towards realization of group strategies.