An estimated 80 women groups from Nakuru County have been shortlisted as beneficiaries of the National Government affirmative action fund.
The groups will share Ksh 15 million shillings as capital for agribusiness concepts in a bid to shore up rural economies.
Nakuru Woman Representative Liz Chelule says the groups from the region’s 11 Sub Counties will venture in a range of startups that will enable vulnerable women generate gainful incomes for their families.
23 youth groups have also benefited from the kitty and received cheques worth Ksh 2 million while people living with disability received Ksh 1.3 million.
Chelule says the noble idea will empower Nakuru residents and scale down poverty among youth, women and people with disability.
Speaking during the issuance of the cheques at her Nakuru Office yesterday, Chelule said among those to benefit are 50 orphans and children from needy families who will receive Ksh 3 Million as bursary from the Ksh 17 Million empowerment drive.
The legislator urged Nakuru residents to help the Government identify needy but bright students for assistance.
She used the occasion to advise women to venture into sustainable businesses by pooling resources together and diversify their ventures and create jobs and wealth in the County.
The law maker said the initiative is part of the Government’s efforts to enable high potential but under leveraged women and youth create jobs and wealth while improving their livelihoods.
She commended women, people with disability and youth groups for their prudent business concepts that she said have demonstrated and promised an impressive return on investment.
Chelule cautioned residents against politicizing the kitty, maintaining that her office is impartial and the funds will be awarded in accordance with the law and on merit basis.
She observed that divisive sentiments from a cross section of leaders and citizens over the kitty will hamper its intended purpose to empower the vulnerable.
Beneficiaries commended the initiative saying it is significant in spurring many women, youth and people living with disabilities in joint and gainful ventures that will many support families in rural and informal settlement areas in the County.