Who are we?

The Office of the Spouse of the Deputy President-OSDP is an entity in the Executive Office of the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya .Our primary objective is to enhance social cohesion and uplift the socio-economic welfare of vulnerable persons, particularly women, who often are at the margins of opportunities for transformation.

The Directorate of Social Transformation is a department under the Office of the Spouse of the Deputy President. The Directorate has a mandate to influence learning, sharing, collaboration, and opportunity for women to transform their lives into meaningful and productive ones.

Cross Stitch is one of the projects under this directorate.   


Where it all started

From a passion to art and beauty for our homes to a venture that is changing the lives of women in Kenya. Read how the idea of Cross Stich came to life with Mama Raechel Ruto.



Cross-stitch is a form of sewing and a popular form of counted-thread Embroidery in which a stitch is made by crossing two threads in the form of an X. The stitches are of uniform size and appearance. Cross-stitch is the oldest form of embroidery and can be found all over the world. Traditionally, cross-stitch was used to embellish items like household linens, tablecloths and dishcloths. In modern days, the patterns are stitched on pieces of fabric and hanged on walls for decoration framed or unframed.


The Motivation

It is therapeutic, a stress reliever and it creates a wonderful atmosphere of relaxation.
It has been proven that cross stitching calms the mind and improves sleeping patterns.
It helps unwind, improves concentration and hand-eye coordination.
Promotes innovation and creativity.
The finished work is beautiful, a sight to behold and above all cross stitching brings people together


What we believe in

We believe that a beautiful woman uses

    • Her lips for truth
    • Her voice for kindness
    • Her ears for compassion
    • Her hands for charity
    • Her heart for love

And above all she prays-Anonymous