Village loaning scheme that focuses on child health
SEE ALSO :Ayoo, MCAs row worsensJohn Owino, a community health worker says that Sh20 is the mandatory contribution alongside a minimum saving of Sh50 every two weeks. “As a health worker, I realized that mothers had no source of income and we had to think of a way to turn around the situation and enable mothers to get some money from small businesses,” says Owino. A total of 25 members formed the group but that is not the entire story as currently some members are able to save as much as Sh250 during every meeting. From the onset, the group agreed that each member will be loaned a maximum of an amount three times their savings at a ten per cent interest rate. However, to get a loan, the member must give a surety so that the group does not suffer loses in instances the member defaults.
SEE ALSO :Residents reject water policyOwino states that the aim of the kitchen garden is to cut costs of buying food that can easily be grown at home and instead channel the money saved to income generating ventures. The partnership, however, did not end there as the group members also realized water is a challenge in the area, the group members received water dispensing ceramics a revolutionary technology that ensured the water is safe as it naturally filters dirty water using earthen pots fixed in a plastic bucket. Owino says that this is one of the fruits of the mothers coming together because without these they would still have to depend on the dirty water. “Those in dire need of clean, safe drinking water were considered in our partnership and they eleven members received the ceramic pots something that would not have been possible without working as a group,” says Owino. To ensure complete safety of the water for drinking, it is first treated with tablets before the pot is used to filter it.