Youths and women groups from Bungoma County have received over Sh35M as loans from Uwezo fund, Women Enterprise fund and youth enterprise development fund to improve their living standards.
Speaking Wednesday while handing over cheques to the beneficiaries outside the governor’s office, Chief administrative Secretary, Ministry of Public Service and Gender, Rachel Shebesh asked the beneficiaries to use the money for the intended purpose.
Shebesh called on the beneficiaries to form SACCOs which would enable them access more money saying this would enable them engage in many projects to improve their living standards.
She commended women for repaying the loans on time and asked the youths to follow suit saying by repaying the loans on time, they could access more funds and improve their living standards.
She advised youths and all residents to stop fearing taking loans adding that no one realizes development without taking loans.
The CAS said they had come to Bungoma County to discuss on plans to form a County Youth Service which could train more youths instead of just depending on the National Youth Service.
Shebesh visited Musikoma chief’s camp to assess the progress of kazi mtaani where youths were renovating the chief’s office.
She also visited Bungoma Huduma Centre to assess how clients were being served and to see the impact of Huduma Centre which was started in 2015.
She later called on SAWE youth groups which started in 2006 and started benefiting from Youth enterprise development fund in 2010 with a loan of Sh50, 000 which they repaid well, graduated to Sh500, 000 which they are about to finish repaying and now qualified for Sh800, 000.
By Maureen Imbayi