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About Eldoret

A city in western Kenya, Eldoret is the principal economic hub of the region. The Maasai used to refer to the area as "eldore", which means "stony river", referring to the Sosiani River that flows nearby. It is a service town with one foot on each side of the Kenya-Uganda highway. Currently the fastest growing town in Kenya, its population hangs around the 290,000 mark and it has the 5th largest urban center in the country. The town is the stronghold of the Kalenjin, which are the tribe of the former president Daniel arap Moi and the controversial vice-president, William Ruto.

Founded by Afrikaners with wagons in tow in the early 20th Century, the big influx followed shortly after. The Uganda Railway reached Eldoret in 1924 and by 1933 it has a small airport and low-cost housing.

You probably won't fall in love with this town, as there is little to do, but for the cheese lover this may turn out to be a little slice of heaven. This is home to the Doinyo Lessos Creameries Cheese Factory where you can go berserk picking from 20 different varieties of cheese. Eldoret is also close to Iten, which is the home of long-distance Kenyan running, if you happen to be a fitness nerd.

The locals of Eldoret are no strangers to innovative ideas, as it was students from the Moi University that is a mere 35km south-east of Eldoret town who created an online shopping platform for students in Eldoret to do their shopping. With this pool of creative talent who are tech savvy and hungry for better lives, it is little wonder that coworking venues have become the playground for collaborative minds.