BY LAWRENCE OKWAKOL
BUKEDEA: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2022
The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, has given sh640m support to 128 groups from the three sub counties of Kamutur, Aminit and Kolir in Bukedea district.
Zipporah Akol, the political assistant to Rt Hon Among, who is also the woman member of parliament for Bukedea district delivered the money.
Akol said given the busy schedule of Among, she couldn’t come but delegated her to hand over the money to groups who cover 32 parishes in the three sub counties.
Each group received sh5m as revolving fund to boost their individual small scale businesses.
Akol said women who need a startup capital of sh2m for “mukene” and tomatoes and youths who need to set up saloons and barber shops don’t need to bother themselves in financial institutions that ask for collateral which they don’t have anything to present.
“Among has kicked her program in these sub counties as a pilot by selecting in each parish four groups that is two for the youths and two for women,” Akol explained.
She emphasized that the funds from the Anita Foundation should not be mistaken as parish development model funds.
“Other sub counties should be patient as they will all get theirs but the best ten groups will get double after an assessment on six months,” Akol said.
John Stephen Ocheger, a member of Kasera youth’s poultry project, applauded Among for supporting youths who are able bodied but lacked capital to turn their dream enterprises to reality.
Ocheger said they are going to spend sh4m to buy 200 turkeys each at sh20,000 and the balance for treatment and feeds.
“For easy management, we shall have ten units each with 20 turkeys which by December 2022, we shall sell at sh80,000 to sh100,000 making us get over sh16,000,000,” Ocheger said.
Joyce Akello, a second hand dealer from Kasera village, said she was going to borrow sh400,000 to boost her running capital of sh100,000.
Borrowers repay the money with a four percent interest.
Jackson Ojekede, the Kamutur sub county chairperson, thanked Among for almost covering 30% of manifesto in her first year.
Ojekede challenged the beneficiaries to utilize the money as planned and not to divert to wasteful engagements.
“Am aware the money has reached at the time we are experiencing famine in Kamutur but that should not be taken as an excuse,” he cautioned.