Over Sh6.4 million from the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) was Thursday disbursed to 37 women, youth and people living with disabilities groups in Samburu County to boost their economic activities.
While disbursing the cheques to the self-help groups at the Kenyatta stadium in Maralal town, Samburu women representative, Maison Leshoomo lauded the women who have formed self-help groups and started viable economic activities that are enabling them to take their children to school.
She noted that most women in the villages are illiterate and are left at home to do domestic work, adding that through civic education from extension officers, the women are now running small businesses using government funds.
“The various women groups are now engaged in bee keeping, poultry farming, tree nurseries and many more that are making them financially independent,” she said.
The women representative underscored the commitment of the women groups’ engagement in economic activities, saying that she has received a proposal from a women group requesting iron sheets and water tanks.
“This means that the women want to abandon the traditional nomadic lifestyle by adding iron sheets to their Manyattas and tanks to collect rain water so that they stay put and continue investing the funds they get from the government,” she said.