Mvita constituency women and youth groups were on Wednesday handed over their Uwezo fund cheques worth 7.8 million shillings.
While addressing the 64 women, youth and the physically challenged groups at Tononoka social hall in Mombasa, Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir urged the beneficiaries to invest and expand their businesses so that they as well repay back the funds.
He said Mvita constituency has attained 88% repayment record of the funds from various beneficiaries within the constituency.
He termed the repayment rates as encouraging adding the funds when repaid on time, will enable many groups access and initiate income projects.
“There are no obstacles, these are countrywide procedures that must be adhered to, please repay back the loans so that your colleagues can also benefit,” he told the groups.
He said women and youth are the backbone of the society and if economically empowered, their living standards will be equally upgraded.
“I fully understand the strength of women and youth in stabilising the society, we are on course to attain our basic goals of embracing self reliance,” noted Mr. Nassir.
His sentiments were fully backed up by Mombasa woman representative Asha Hussein who urged women to venture into small enterprises and repay the loans on time.
[Mvita MP Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir with Mombasa County Woman rep. Asha Hussein during handing over of cheques to women, youth and physically challenged groups. Photo Abbas Omar].
“We know we have very hardworking and dedicated women, youths and physically challenged, please repay your loans so that you get more funds,” she said.
A beneficiary Jacinta Berenge who leads a group of 20 women who sell food, charcoal among other income generating projects said Uwezo fund through the current Mvita constituency transparent leadership has changed their lives.
“We applied for sh. 100,000, we repaid in full without waiting for the six months grace period, in fact we are today applying for more funds to expand our business” she noted.