Some 300 people living with disabilities in Tharaka-Nithi County have benefited from the Sh5.2 million worth equipment from the National Fund for the Disabled of Kenya.
The beneficiaries received equipment such as sewing and knitting machines, wheelchairs, ploughs and salon kits among others for them to start their own businesses.
The Fund’s Financial Officer Mr. Antony Muli asked the beneficiaries to take good care of the machines and challenged them to maximally use them to support their families.
He was speaking as he issued part of the equipment at Marimanti town in Tharaka sub-county Thursday.
Mr.Muli warned the beneficiaries against selling the equipment noting that they were meant to empower themselves.
Please ensure that the equipment is in good shape because we expect you to earn a living from them, said Mr.Muli.
He added that many families had benefited from the programme across the country and should therefore be embraced.
You have received the equipment free of charge and should therefore not sell, the official advised.
One of the beneficiaries Mr. Charles Kitheru told the media that with the sewing machine, she will be able to support his two daughters in secondary school.
I have been working on people’s farms but with the machine, I will concentrate on the tailoring business to educate my daughters, said Mr.Kitheru.
Source: Kenya News Agency