More than 100 women and youth groups in Kathama/Mbuini Ward in Mwala Sub County have received a funding of Sh500, 000 each from the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF).
Machakos Woman Representative, Joyce Kamene, said the funds will boost table banking activities for the groups as a way of empowering the members economically.
Speaking Monday at Mbiuni when she handed over the money, Kamene urged the beneficiaries to use the money to initiate income generating activities to fend for themselves and their families.
“The money will empower members to improve their social economic status especially during these tough economic times caused by the Coronavirus pandemic,” said the Woman Representative.
She cautioned members against defaulting on payments for loans borrowed for table banking to enable the groups to increase their cash flow. “We ask members to repay the loans on time so that the groups can grow and support others,” noted Kamene.
She decried the low voter registration turnout in the county and urged all those eligible to register as voters in the ongoing voter enlisting.
Kamene said a high number of voters in Ukambani will give the community a competitive edge in national politics ahead of the 2022 General Elections.
“There is a need to mobilize our people to turn out in large numbers and register as voters so that they can elect leaders that they feel had their best interest at heart,” she advised.
By Roselyne Kavoo