The National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) program is targeting the most vulnerable people in marginalized pastoral areas to engage them in business and development so that they can be financially empowered.
NGAAF Chief Executive Officer Titus Lotee said they are engaging youth, women and the disabled to improve their living conditions through economic activities.
Speaking at Kodich area in West Pokot County while meeting with women, Lotee said the fund seeks to address the plight of vulnerable groups through enhanced access to financial resources for socioeconomic empowerment among women, youths, PWDs, needy children and the elderly.
“We are committed to ensuring that families who live below the poverty line are empowered and able to meet their daily needs as well as create sustainable livelihoods. The fund primarily targets to create access to livelihood support for women and access to secondary and tertiary education for disadvantaged girls from extremely poor households in the country,” he said.
He said that the program has prioritized Agriculture and education to ensure that areas that were left behind in development become like the rest. Lotee reiterated that they have put measures in place to help meet the Big Four Agenda and improve the lives of Kenyans.
The CEO called on youth and women in the country to take advantage of the funds to improve their livelihoods. “We want groups to apply for the funds. Women and youth should form and join self-help groups so as to access national government funds to enable them venture into commercial activities,” said Lotee.