- MP Kaunya helped raise Sh1.2 million for Teso North Umoja Women Sacco.
- The Sacco's head office will be in Amagoro town.
A new women's Sacco launched in Teso North subcounty will offer one per cent interest loans to members.
Teso North MP Oku Kaunya on Tuesday said the Sacco will give a boost to small-scale women-run enterprises and transform livelihoods.
Kaunya helped raise Sh1.2 million for Teso North Umoja Women Sacco.
The Sacco, whose head office will be in Amagoro town, was officially launched during Tuesday’s fundraiser at Kenya Medical Training School Teso campus in Kocholya.
“We want this Sacco to help women in Teso North to build their economic strength,” Kaunya said.
“Those doing business should be able to access money at affordable interest rates to boost their business instead of going to the banks where interest rates are high.
“Members who want money can visit the offices and get money at one per cent interest per month.”
Seventy-five women's groups from Ang’urai East, Ang’urai North, Ang’urai South, Malaba North, Malaba Central and Malaba South have already been listed as members.
Kaunya said he will oversee the Sacco's operations so it does not collapse.
He urged more women to form groups and join the entity.
Chairperson Consolata Tata promised transparency in the management of the Sacco.
Kaunya said once it is financially stable, plans will be made to build a business plaza that will be owned by members
The MP called urged young people to enrol for medical courses at the KMTC.
He also urged residents to maintain peace as Kenya heads to the general election next year.
Kaunya said it was difficult to conduct business in Parliament after the 2017 elections.
“If it were not for Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta shaking hands for the sake of peace and unity , this country would have collapsed,” he said.
“In Parliament, we were not talking to one another. Anything that was proposed by Jubilee MPs was opposed by MPs allied to Nasa and anything proposed by Nasa MPs was opposed by Jubilee MPs.”
Edited by Josephine M. Mayuya