By Peter Kombe
The Ministry of Public Service Gender and Youth affairs has since disbursed over Kshs 95 million Uwezo Fund to different groups in Mombasa County since the program was launched.
Speaking to Journalists in Mombasa on Thursday during a women affirmative fund forum Richard Ruoth, officer in charge of youth affairs in Mvita Sub County said the government is concerned about the welfare of her citizens and therefore the need to empower them economically.
The sub county official outlined that distinct groups within the county have benefited from the funds provided by the government in for of loans including the disabled youth and women groups.
“The Kenyan government is concerned about the welfare of all the citizens. And various groups have benefitted from the program.” He said.
Routh stated that various groups have embraced the move by the government pointing out that about 80 per cent of the beneficiaries within the county have been repaying their loans promptly.
He however expressed concern that the minority few who have not been able to pay back the loans have been granted an extension period by the government to pay taking into account their economic stabilities.
“About 80% of all beneficiaries have been able to pay back the loans with the few being granted a some time to pay back the loans.” He noted.
At the same time, Ministry of Gender and Youth affairs Permanent Secretary Mwanamaka Mabruk said the aim of the ministry is to empower all groups including women, youth and the disabled in society and urged them to form groups that will enable them apply for loans and more so exchange ideas.
“The major aim of this ministry is to empower women youth and the disabled groups in society.” The state official said.
The PS called upon the women to wisely use the loans they receive from the government by investing in income generating activities thus uplifting their living standards.
She insisted that women are the drivers of the economy as they engage in micro scale businesses that determine the country’s economic stability.
Over 400 women widows attended the event organized by the Ministry of Public service, Gender and Youth affairs.