The Mombasa county government has put adequate measures and has the means to reduce poverty levels within the county, Mombasa Deputy Governor William Kingi has said.
Kingi said the county government acknowledges the challenges women face adding that they have come up with programs and measures to deal with the challenges.
“Part of the measures is to ensure women are economically empowered to reduce the poverty levels in the county,” he said adding that the county government is determined to see women take up big businesses.
He spoke during the awarding of some of the women from the county who have emerged victorious in different sectors. Over 20 Women were added at the event which was held at the Sarova Whitesands beach hotel as the World marked the World Women’s day.
Kingi who was accompanied by Mombasa county executive in charge of culture and gender Munywoki Kyalo said this financial year the county government will set aside Sh 300 million for the revolving fund to benefit women and youths.
During the last financial year the county government had allocated Sh 100 million for the revolving fund.
Kingi also revealed that the county government has come up with a training program for students who are unable to continue with further education which will see them enroll at local polytechnics to acquire technical skills.
“The county government pays up to 70 per cent of enrollment fees to enable women and youth get necessary skills for economic empowerment,” he said.
He further challenged Women to be innovative and come up with ways on how they can also deal with the issue of poverty and joblessness.
“Women should come up with ways and means to reduce the poverty level in society,” he said.