Deputy President William Ruto has challenged leaders to engage ordinary people to understand the challenges they face.
The DP said that leaders will only serve Kenyans better if they understand what the masses are going through.
“Their direct interaction and engagement with the ordinary people offer them a unique opportunity to identify the challenges and potential of small businesses at the grassroots,” Ruto said on Tuesday on Facebook.
He said the Hustler Nation Movement was founded on an alliance of rich ideas.
He said that there was a huge potential for business and enterprises at the base of the economic pyramid.
Ruto defended the bottom-up economy approach promising to create more business and job opportunities.
“It just requires deliberate focusing of resources under the revolutionary Bottom-Up Economic Model to activate its power.
Ruto said both elected, and grassroots leaders are powerful agents of the Bottom-Up Economic Development Model that drives the Hustler Nation Movement.
“The deliberate re-engineering of our economy to give attention to those at the base of the wealth pyramid offers small and medium-sized enterprises a unique opportunity to sprout and flourish, generating income and creating employment for millions of poor Kenyans, thereby spurring our country’s growth,” Ruto said.
Ruto was addressing traders and elected leaders at the deputy president residency in Karen Nairobi.
The small traders were drawn from Dagoretti South, Embakasi West, Makadara and Westlands at the Karen Residence, Nairobi County.
Leaders present were MPs George Theuri, Nixon Korir, Millicent Omanga, John Kiarie, Gathoni Wa Muchomba, former Starehe MP Bishop Margaret Wanjiru and several MCAs.