Meeting groups from Kikuyu constituency earlier on today (1st March 2017) during the final day of their three day training at Musa Gitau Multipurpose hall. 52 groups attended the workshop facilitated by Uwezo fund on groups capacity building through access to government procurement opportunities. They will later be awarded funds from the kitty. So far over 212 groups have benefited from the fund in Kikuyu constituency. In the latest evaluation survey, Kikuyu constituency was ranked 20th in Kenya and 2nd in Kiambu County in terms of revolved amounts.
The Fund seeks to expand access to finances and promote women, youth and persons living with disability led enterprises at the constituency level. It also provides mentorship opportunities to enable the beneficiaries to take advantage of the 30% government procurement preference through its Capacity Building Programme. Uwezo Fund, therefore, is an avenue for incubating enterprises, catalyzing innovation, promoting industry, creating employment, and growing the economy.
We are also complimenting this fund by giving out 5.6 million as seed capital to over 250 groups from all wards to practice table banking. This was raised during the fundraising that was attended by the Deputy President in December last year.