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Kaberamaido District Gets UGX 46 Million for Women Groups

This is part of the 53 billion Shillings fund unveiled in the 2016/2017 financial year, to increase womens competitive edge in the business sector. It is managed by the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social development.
Kaberamaido district has received 46 million Shillings to finance various income generating activities by women, under the Uganda Women Entrepreneurship program.

This is part of the 53 billion Shillings fund unveiled in the 2016/2017 financial year, to increase women's competitive edge in the business sector. It is managed by the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social development.

Kaberamaido district Assistant Community Development Officer Samuel Ongaria says the money will be split among 10 registered women groups operating in the area. The 10 successful groups were chosen from a list of 33 applicants.

They include Odingoi women's group in Apapai Sub County, Apari-group in Kakure Sub County, Olilimo women's group in Bululu Sub County, Omito-dongo group in Aperkira Sub County, Amotot in Ochero Sub County and Lubanga En Amio Wa in Kaberamaido Sub County, among others.

Monica Ipega, Apapai Sub County LCIII chairperson wondered why many groups have not been considered for funding. She questioned the criteria used to select the groups to benefit from the program.

Harriet Akello, 5, a resident of Ochero Sub County says she will finally be relieved of difficulties of accessing loans from commercial banks and microfinance institutions. She called for accountability and transparency in the management of the program.

Beneficiaries of the entrepreneurship fund are expected to pay back without any interest within a period of 12 months. After this grace period, the money attracts a five percent interest.

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