If report by the Standard Newspaper on July 18 on Women Enterprise Fund uptake is anything to go by then in Kitui, more specifically Mwingi North sub-county enjoys a bigger share of this cake.
From the report Mwingi enjoys more stake in the uptake compared to the Kitui region, this can be arguably attributed to the continuous sharing of knowledge on the existence of the fund being spread within the community and the enterprising spirit of the Mwingi women.
The Fund was set up by the Government to benefit women aged above 18 years, meaning any woman can apply, whether she is part of a group (those famous chamas) or as an individual.
Interestingly, men too have been able to benefit when they apply for these funds on condition that they are part of a women’s group where most of the leadership positions are held by women.
More women have been encouraged to form groups and participate in the initiative, it operates like a revolving fund, meaning individuals and groups that successfully apply for the loans must pay back the money to enable others to also benefit.
There is no doubt that the chama movement plays and will continue to play an important role in the economic lives of many women as there is still a lot of money up for grabs.