Youths, women, and persons living with disability in Uasin Gishu will soon be able to access financial support from the county.
This follows the passage of a private members bill sponsored by the Uasin Gishu County Assembly.
The Bill sponsored by nominated Member of County Assembly Dr Catherine Barmao seeks the establishment of a revolving fund for women, youth, and persons living with disabilities.
According to Dr. Barmao, through the Uasin Gishu County Youth, Women and Person Living with Disability Revolving Fund Bill, the three groups will witness economic growth and development.
Under this bill, Ksh3 million will be allocated in each of the 30 wards to provide loans to women, youth, people living with disability and Small and Medium Entreprises (SMEs).
“This bill is all about empowerment of youth, women, and persons living with disability,” said Dr. Barmao.
Loans provided by the bill will attract an interest of 3 percent for women and youth, while persons with disability will get the loans at a 1 percent interest.
Francis Muya, the chairperson of the gender, culture, social services, and welfare committee seconded the motion to pass the Bill.
He noted that there was need for the revolving fund to be set up so as to enable individuals who might not be able to access Inua Biashara Fund loans to also benefit.
“It was within the thinking of the committee that our women, youth, and persons with disabilities might not have the energy to compete for Inua Biashara loans, hence prudent that we have a law set aside funds for that category,” Muya, who is also the Langas MCA said.
With the bill now passed, it will be forwarded to the Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago who will ascend to it, before it officially becomes law.