22 March 2014

Kenya: Sh60 Million Aid for Women, Youth

Taita Taveta County government has set aside shillings 60 million for the marginalised groups in the County.

Governor John Mruttu said that the money comprises of shillings 20milion each for the youth, women and persons with disability in the County respectively.

Mruttu told the Star that the proposed Dawida Tuweta Development Fund (DATU) for enterprise will be expected to supplement other efforts by the National Government to empower the marginalized groups in the county and improve the well-being of the local population.

"These efforts will strengthen the inclusion, participation and economic empowerment of these groups in community development processes," he said yesterday.

Mruttu said that the revolving funds with small management fee will be accessible to registered groups and individuals within a group.

"In instances where an individual has been awarded a tender and has no working capital, the County Government has made arrangements with local financial institutions to provide finances through Local Purchase Order (LPO) financing. This fund will be community friendly thus ensuring it is easily accessible," he said.

On Saturday during the launch of a table banking initiative in the County by the wife to deputy president, Rachel Ruto, the governor announced that the initiative will help women to do business, save and provide for the basic needs of the family and grow economically.

"The Table banking model seeks to empower people by providing an opportunity to start and grow income generating projects and to encourage savings for the betterment of themselves and their families," he said.

Mruttu said that the County Government will set up offices in all Sub-Counties which will have trained professionals to support women in the preparation of business plans, product development and creating market linkages for products and services.

Women representative Joyce Lay said that economic empowerment of marginalized groups in the County will help alleviate poverty.

"This is one of the ways in fighting the vicious poverty cycle in our County. This concept will enable us increase wealth for better living standards," said Lay.

She added that women in the region will be trained on the table banking concept and also on proposal writing.

"We have deployed 20 able youth in our 20 wards who will train our women on table banking," she said.

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