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The Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Gender and Youth Affairs, Sicily Kariuki, has called upon young people to take up opportunities provided by the Affirmative Funds and other government agencies for self-development. She said that the government had established Affirmative Funds including the Youth Enterprise Development Fund to empower youth through enterprise development. She encouraged young people to form and register groups in order to access funds easily as well as receive training to enhance their entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.
She was speaking while presenting cheques worth Kshs. 400,000 to successful youth applicants of the Youth Fund in Mosiro, Kajiado West Constituency on 22nd October 2016. The loans will enable them to start and expand their enterprises. She challenged the beneficiaries to properly manage their enterprises and create more networks within their reach so as to be able to market their goods and services and generate more income. She also urged officers of the Affirmative Funds to carry out sensitization in order to increase loan uptake in the constituency.
“The Affirmative Funds have been set aside to empower youth, women and persons with disabilities and I call for more serious sensitization so that more people are able to access. It’s a high time youth in this constituency utilize these funds for development. I call upon the Youth Fund officers to make an effort to come and visit mosiro for a period of one week and ensure that the youth groups are sensitized so that they can benefit from this affordable business loans.” She said.
The MP for Kajiado West, Hon. Moses Ole Sakuda, who was also present at the launch noted that the youth of Mosiro have been left behind in loan uptake compared to other areas within the constituency due to lack of information on how to access the funds.
He fully supported and welcomed the directive by the CS to sensitize youth within the locality in order to ensure that no one is left behind in development. He added that cooperation between Youth Fund and resident government will see increased awareness and uptake of loan products.
The Fund’s Nairobi Regional Coordinator, Jorum Murimi, encouraged young people to register their entities to enable them access the funds. “There is allocation which has been set aside for this particular constituency and the funds are readily available for the youth, all we need is to see youth with business or registered youth groups come and submit loan application with relevant requirements which are meant to make sure that whatever the members are doing is legal business.” He reiterated