Women in West Pokot County are set to benefit from the Ushanga initiative launched by Cabinet Secretary Sports Culture and Heritage Amina Mohammed who toured the area.
The initiative set to benefit three thousand five hundred women will create a channel where trainers on beadwork are dispatched to the grassroots.
CS Mohammed while on tour said that the Ushanga Initiative had already empowered women from several other counties in purchasing beads and machines.
She further said that the training will enable women to make quality beads faster which will have international appeal attracting tourists.
The CS reiterated that they are going to market Ushanga Initiative products to both the local and international markets to help empower women from pastoral communities for them to improve their livelihoods.
The CS said that the Ushanga Kenya Initiative is a National Government flagship project to empower pastoralist women involved in beadwork by transforming their traditional art into tradable commodities for significant economic benefit and sustainable livelihoods
The project is being implemented in seven (7) counties, namely; Samburu, Kajiado, Narok, West Pokot, Turkana, Baringo and Marsabit in a frame of five years so that women can benefit economically from their handiwork.
The CS said that the Government will support women by adding value to the products for them to be identified as national talent.
She added that the women have been trained on how to add value to the products by equipping them with the relevant skills needed to transform bead making into a lucrative business for them to earn a living.
The CS said the beadwork which has been a long time traditional activity will be transformed into a commercial business that will transform the lives of pastoral women who take up bead making.
The CS in addition said that women if empowered, are catalysts for societal transformation.
CS Amina Mohamed who also visited the Kapenguria Museum to check on its status, however, said that West Pokot is still among the top in producing the best athletes and that the government will ensure that young talents are tapped.
Pauline Loyara, Lucia Sorori the beneficiaries of the initiative in West Pokot cited that the government intervention in training them is a turn around for quality competitive beadwork from the North rift region and that their biggest challenge was to access better markets as the majority of the women depend on the art to earn a living.