The youth and women enterprise development fund has invested around 66 million since the first phase in empowering women and youth economically.
Samburu county led by Hon. Moses Lenolkulal and department of trade and tourism on Tuesday issued cheques to youths and women from the initiative that was started in 2014 to empower them.
Yesterday’s event marking it the second phase of the initiative saw more than 92 groups benefiting across Samburu county from the 3 constituencies.
The committee led by the Chairman for the Youth and women fund initiative, Julius Lalampa, congratulated the groups for taking the loans against the norms of Samburu people, who usually shy away from such avenues due to lack of knowledge.
This initiative has immensely improved the lives of the Samburu people as before they only had ideas of businesses but lacked funds to facilitate their businesses. The women now have an income and education is not a barrier to these women.
According to Agatha Lekimanjo a beneficiary, a Samburu woman was good for taking care of the households but now they can help their husbands support their families. They now have courage to go sell whatever product as the initiative has made it easier for them to grow financially.
Richard Letowon a youth leader from Poro, thanked the department for not only issuing funds but also training them on how to invest and get returns. He further thanked the county government for coming up with the initiative for it has changed their source of livelihood.
Samburu county Governor, Hon. Moses Lenolkulal encouraged the groups to take loans and not be afraid as doing businesses is a form of employment. The county government cannot fit every Samburu to be employed. That is why we come up with such initiative that can benefit especially those who are unemployed. Hon. Moses Lenolkulal said.
The governor promised that the county government will continue empowering the groups especially the small groups that are still coming up.
He further said that whether the Samburu people vote for him or not the initiative will still go on as it is of benefit to the Samburu people and it’s one of the ways the county has to do away with the poverty.
Source: Kenya News Agency