A big number of women at the Coast have endured many challenges including lack of investment opportunities and skills in trading and business entrepreneurship.
We have seen many of them, especially those in the rural areas unable to educate their children or solely depend on their husbands for survival.
That has now caught the eyes of Kwale Deputy Governor Fatuma Achani who now wants women to get ready and engage themselves in entrepreneurial activities as a way to empower and sustain themselves economically.
In an interview, Ms Achani who is seeking to succeed his boss Governor Salim Mvurya in the 2022 General Elections encouraged women to take advantage of bursaries and low interest loans provided by the county government to start small businesses.
“We have prioritized women empowerment programs in our administration at the County and this is what we want them to take advantage of,” she spoke in Ukunda.
Ms Achani had attended the conclusion of women’s summit to discuss various socio-economic opportunities for women.
“I want to urge the women to come together and register as empowerment groups for them to benefit from the county’s Trade Revolving Fund, and other opportunities designed to help them contribute to the transformation agenda of the county,” she said.
Through the revolving funds, women, persons living with disabilities and youths are provided with low interest loans to set up or improve their businesses.
The DG said in order for them to benefit, the women should seek information on county and national government opportunities and also take part in public participation forums such as the budget making process.
“In our focus, we want to see Kwale women prosper in their lives and because of the policies we offer, it will make them expand their businesses and other spheres of life,” she added.
On the 30 per cent Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO), the deputy governor noted that women, youths and persons with disabilities should be educated on how to benefit from tenders and contracts without competing with large enterprises that are already established in the market.
“I am asking our women to make use of our bursary program and take technical courses in our Technical and Vocational Training Institutions spread in Kwale County. As women, you should embrace entrepreneurship to economically empower yourselves,” she added.
Ms Achani, is also eyeing the Kwale gubernatorial seat in the next year’s General Election.
“Women need to arise and take up positions in the political path so that they become decision markers in the political decisions in this country,” she said.