Rachael Muthoni: Driven by desire to impact people’s lives

Rachael Muthoni, Finance and Procurement Officer at Kenya Markets Trust, has worked for KMT for over 4 years. The holder of Bachelor of Commerce Finance is also a Certified Public Accountant and a registered member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya.

How has it been working for KMT?

“Working for an organization that seeks to cause sustainable change in people’s livelihoods is very satisfying.

I believe in the words of Robert F. Kennedy that ‘The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better’.

“My role in the finance department involves managing budgets and providing financial reports as well as exercising internal controls, policies and procedures. Within procurement, I am the Secretary of the Investment Committee that  approves large contracts and grants. While undertaking this role, I am charged with the responsibility of ensuring value for money in the selection and awarding of contracts and grants.

“I’d say that my working with KMT has shaped my thinking in terms of value for money, due diligence among other key issues. My role requires that I always think in line with expenditure that meets Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) requirements, which is a unique and satisfying thing.”

Rachael says that her work at KMT has given her a chance to develop per people skills on top of the technical skills as she has to deal with different people on a daily basis.

Personal Connection with Finance

Rachael says she has been very passionate about numbers since her secondary school days and this led to her passion in finance. She believes that dealing with finances is an everyday task for everyone, and as a professional, she says she has mastered the art of questioning every coin she spends!

Hobbies?

“I really enjoy singing and trying out new recipes. I am known as the best cook KMT has ever had, but yet to be tried!”

Favourite meal?

Ugali with “sukuma wiki” (kales) and pork.

Dream destination?

Istanbul, Turkey.