University launches programme to change Migori women’s lives

Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology together with Japanese International Corporation Agency have launched a programme to economically empower women in Migori County.

Migori County Woman Representative Dr. Pamela Odhiambo, who is a don at the university, led a university team to launch one week training dubbed Rural Entrepreneurship Training aimed at helping women to initiate projects to boost their income.

Speaking at the launch of the programme in Kehancha town, Kuria West Sub County headquarters, Dr. Odhiambo said she was committed to supporting similar programmes to benefit communities in the region.

We will be very happy to see the skills transformed into small cortege industries while emphasizing on value addition through practical trainings, said Dr. Pamela.

Pamela appealed to JICA and other well-wishers to donate equipment to rural women to boost their programmes.

The JKUAT, Deputy Vice chancellor Prof. Romanus Odhiambo while addressing the event, challenged the farmers, county government and the local leaders to invest in value addition for agricultural products in the region.

Prof. Odhiambo said agricultural produce in the county like Mangoes can be revolutionized through value addition.

He also called on the farmers and the county government to embrace agribusiness saying there were opportunities available both locally and internationally.

Many women especially from central Kenya have benefited since 1994 when the programme was initiated, said Prof. Odhiambo.

Source: Kenya News Agency