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Kwania District Struggles to Recover Youth Livelihood Funds

Allan Aboce, the Kwania District Youth Livelihood Focal Point Person attributes the poor performance of the program to poor enterprise selection, lack of training on financial literacy, and selfishness.

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Kwania District leaders are struggling to recover more than 600 Million Shillings disbursed to different groups under the Youth Livelihood Program-YLP.

In 2015, the government through the Ministry of Gender, Labor, and Social Development disbursed 700 Million Shillings meant for the program. However, of the 700 million disbursed to 191 youth groups, only 90 million shillings have been recovered.

Allan Aboce, the Kwania District Youth Livelihood Focal Point Person attributes the poor performance of the program to poor enterprise selection, lack of training on financial literacy, and selfishness.

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Geoffrey Alex Ogwal Adyebo, Kwania LCV Chairperson says that some youths fled to other districts after sharing the money.

He partly blamed poor loan recovery on lack of financial literacy, saying the district will follow up with the defaulters to recover the money.

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Tom Lakana Okwera, one of the project beneficiaries says that they were unable to service the loan due to the induced lockdown that impacted greatly on their businesses. He wants the district leadership to give a grace period to recover the money.

Another beneficiary who pleaded for anonymity for fear of being sidelined from other government projects blamed poor loan recovery to high demand for kickbacks by some of the district's top leadership.

However, Proscovia Acam, the Kwania Deputy Resident District Commissioner encouraged the beneficiaries to mobilize themselves and refund the money. She noted that other government projects like Emyooga are doing well unlike the YLP.

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