15,000 poor residents to benefit from a US-GOK funded programme

About 15, 000 Samburu women and children are set to benefit from a Sh200 million economic empowerment and healthcare programme.

More than 1, 600 households in 27 locations of the County are set to benefit. The programme is with the help of The National Treasury aims at fighting poverty and promoting a healthy living in the community.

Speaking to journalists, BOMA project Deputy Country Director Ahmed Kura said the programme targeted Samburu because of the high poverty levels in the region.

The officer who was accompanied by officials from the National Treasury also noted that the initiative was set to provide an alternative source of livelihood to residents.

The activity is also running concurrently in Kitui, Marsabit, Mandera, Garissa and Turkana Counties.

Our mandate as a programme is to train, mentor and give grants to the recruited members across the country to enhance prudential financial management practices for sustainability, said Mr. Kura.

BOMA Project is a US nonprofit and Kenyan NGO founded with an objective of alleviating poverty and building resilience in the dry lands of Africa.

The project works to implement a high-impact poverty graduation programme for ultra-poor women in the drought-threatened arid lands.

It helps the women to start small businesses in their rural communities to pay for food, school fees and medical care for their families.

The coordinator of the Profit Programme from the National Treasury said the National Government support was targeting marginalised counties.

Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal and Samburu West Member of Parliament Lati Lelelit thanked the National Government for the kind gesture towards changing the lives of the Samburu community.

A total of 90 beneficiaries received business grants totaling sh30, 000 mobile phones and National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) medical cards.

A beneficiary Lucy Lekalja said with the programme she no longer needs to burn charcoal and sell as it had changed their lives as Samburu women.

Source: Kenya News Agency