Anglican Church of Kenya Katakwa Diocese Women Sacco became the 100th to be registered in Busia County following the partnership between the County Government and Busia Women representative Florence Mutua.
Mutua who presided over the launch in Amagoro on Friday pledged Sh500,000 from the Affirmative action fund to help in kick starting the table banking project for the group urged the members to take advantage of the partnership between the County Government and the Affirmative Action Fund to empower them economically.
Mutua said Nambale ACK Diocese Women Group has made a bold step by starting a bakery that will be producing 450 loaves of bread per hour that is capable of supplying the entire county.
She also encouraged the 216 members to plough back into the society proceeds from 10 sewing machines donated through the Affirmative Action Fund and to start catering groups.
‘’ I will introduce awards to the top five members with the highest number of shares during the society’s first annual general meeting in September, 2019,’’ she said, and pledged to avail a computer to the group for capturing data for members.
She told widows to be proud of their status and abandon the name widow whenever they register their groups and instead use the word Queens. ‘’ I also want transparency and accountability if the Sacco has to thrive.’’
The Sacco patron Grace Okude said they have Sh1.8million in the account which they plan to use to build residential houses to help generate revenue for members.
Teso North Sub County Cooperative Officer Zebedee Lusimbo who represented Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong at the launch urged county residents to develop saving culture which is not only a reserve for salaried employees.
‘’Churches should not only focus on spiritual nourishment but adopt a holistic gospel approach where members also encouraged to venture into socio-economic activities,’’ he said.
Busia County Chief Officer for Co-operatives Nelson Kwamini has lauded the formation of the new Sacco saying the county government wants women in other sub counties to emulate that magnificent feat so as to empower them economically.
Kwamini said the county Government has given out a total of Sh75million to registered Saccos and urged many more to take advantage of available funds to empower their members.