Women in Migori County have been urged to take advantage of the funds available to them through several governments’ initiatives and start projects which can improve their lives.
Speaking during a women merry-go-round function in Awendo Constituency Sunday, the region’s Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organisation deputy chair-lady Maryanne Boke said it was only when the women are financially empowered that they would be able to actively participate in the nation building.
“We have to take advantage of the several avenues to financial stability offered by the government,” she said adding that this has now been made easier after the government rolled out several programmes.
Mrs Boke however regretted that not very many women within the region had come out to take loans and started their businesses, a trend she said was a worry to those involved in the programmes, especially those handling the Women Enterprise Funds.
Records indicate that the local women enterprise funds management has been returning millions of shillings to the treasury within the past financial years due to low loans uptake.
Boke however attributed this to lack of information about the existence of the money on the part of women and urged government officials especially the gender ministry and the National Government administration to educate the masses about funds at their disposal.
“Lack of knowledge on the funds had led to fewer women benefiting from the funds despite the fact that the government had been allocating millions each year, “the official said.
Meanwhile, Boke urged the women to vote wisely during the August 9 general elections saying it was only by doing so, that they would be able to chart a good destiny for their lives.
“Don’t be hoodwinked with freebies from politicians who are only out to serve self-interests and forget about you once they clinch their dream political seats. You must be smart with your votes,” she told the over 10 women groups from various parts of the County gathered at the Rinya PEFA Church to deliberate on various development issues.
The gathering prayed for a peaceful elections and a united country after the polls, calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta, Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition Presidential candidate Raila Odinga and Kenya Kwanza camp Presidential hopeful William Ruto to ensure that Kenya remained united and vibrant in economic and social matters.