At least 3000 women and youth groups in Machakos have received financial support from National Government Affirmative Action to cushion them from the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
The beneficiaries are groups that focus on table banking, poultry keeping and boda boda businesses at the rural areas to earn a living.
The revolving fund supports women and youth in group formations to build their income at the grassroots level.
Speaking at Kaewa during the award ceremony of the cheques, the youth and women urged the Government to increase NGAAF funding so that it benefit more people.
The initiative which is under the patronage of Machakos County MP Joyce Kamene Kasimbi targets to empower the most vulnerable in the grassroots.
The initiative also includes a water tanks program which targets over 3000 households from October to November during the short rain season.
“We are giving Women water tanks to ensure they access clean water. The tanks are at a subsidized price, part of which has been paid by NG-AAF” said Kamene.
She urged the Government to consider scaling up the NGAAF allocation in order to meet numerous needs of the rural communities.
Those who received water tanks said their dreams for accessing clean water had come to reality.
Machakos County has a high number of Coronavirus positive cases mostly due to its proximity to Nairobi County which has the highest number of infections.