Welfare groups in Lugari Sub County have been challenged to engage in various development activities instead of just coming together to help members when bereaved.
Speaking at Malaika Salvation Army Church during distribution of topdressing fertilizer to members of Muyuji welfare group, Mr. Cosmas Kidaha who is the coordinator of the group said it was important for welfare groups to diversify their activities by participating in programs that are beneficial to their members.
He disclosed that Muyuji welfare had advanced its activities by engaging in various development programs ranging from agriculture, table banking, and catering, supporting education among others.
He said through the education program the group has managed to support dozens of students from the area up to university level.
“We have prioritized education as the way to give our children a strong foundation for prosperity. We don’t want any child of our members to miss school due to lack of school fees and that’s why we give support from primary to the highest level of education that he or she can reach,” said Mr Kidaha who is a retired teacher.
He said table banking had really helped members of Muyuji welfare to increase sources of livelihoods as well as improve living standards as they benefit from the interest they pay in form of bonus and dividends.
The catering project he said has helped create employment to several members who receive little payment from the work done whenever they are hired to offer services in various functions.
On agricultural activities Mr. Kidaha said the program was introduced this year by giving the topdressing fertilizers to its members disclosing that the group intends to expand the program starting next year by supporting its members with farm inputs from planting season to the harvesting as way of fighting poverty and ensuring food security from the household level.