Rachel Shebesh decries underutilization of WEF
The Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Public Service Youth and Gender Affairs, Rachel Shebesh has decried low uptake of Women Enterprise Fund (WEF) in Kisii County.
Speaking at Kisii Sports Club while distributing over Sh.5.6m cheques to 18 women groups, the Administrative Secretary said that while women in other regions were thirsty for the empowerment money, their Kisii counterparts seemed disinterested.
She revealed in the last two months, they have received approximately Sh.120 million loan applications from Kiambu, Nyeri, and Kakamega and attributed the low uptake of the loans in the region to ignorance and laxity among group leaders.
Shebesh told grassroots public officers to mount a sensitization campaign aimed at ensuring economically disadvantaged women registered in groups in large numbers in order to benefit from the kitty.
The Kisii Women Rep. Janet Ong’era echoed similar sentiments and challenged women to seek assistance from the local Huduma Mashinani center to register new groups and also increase groups’ membership.
Onge’ra thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for coming to the aid of the girl-child learners through free provision of sanitary towels.
The Deputy Governor, Joash Maangi disclosed the establishment of a County empowerment kitty in which women, youths and the disabled would benefit while Kisii County Commissioner, Godfrey Kigochi said stakeholders would be mobilized to identify causes of poor enrolment of women in the WEF with a view to tackling them.
Kigochi also noted that sanitary towels distributed recently by the national government would reach the beneficiaries soon.
By Chrisphine Otieno/Jane Naitore