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HIV/AIDs victims urged to form groups to access aid

13 August 2014, 13:34 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Bungoma County Women Representative, Dr Reginalda Wanyonyi has appealed to people living with HIV and AIDs in the region to organise themselves into groups for them to be assisted easily.

Speaking Monday in Misikhu Webuye East sub-County where she handed over 15 hybrid dairy goats to a group of widows living with HIV and Aids, Dr Wanyonyi said there are many government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) willing to offer assistance them, but they cannot receive aid if they are not organised.

“Apart from government and NGOs willing to assist, there are also funds from the county government like the county women and youth empowerment funds which you can take advantage of as a group,” said Wanyonyi.

“Bungoma County government in May set aside KES 90 million that will be loaned to women and registered youth groups across the county at no interest and you should apply for these and get start-up capital for business,” she added.

The Legislator appealed to the local county government to treat persons with HIV and AIDs as a vulnerable group, just like the disabled people and other categories and ensure that they also get tenders and employment opportunities.

Dr Wanyonyi at the same time also challenged men in the county to emulate the womenfolk by forming development oriented groups so as to benefit from grants and loans that will boost them economically as well as generate income for the County.
Disbursements of KES 90 million in Bungoma has already begun across the 45 wards. KES 50 million is for the youth while KES 40 million is for women.

The funds are given to members of registered companies, existing businesses, associations as well as Savings and Credit societies. A total of ten percent of the fund has been reserved for persons with disabilities.

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