Kakamega County First Lady H.E Priscillah Ambetsa Oparanya Friday graced an event organized by Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) in partnership with Equity Bank at Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega, to sensitize respective MYWO regional leaders on financial literacy and water harvesting project in the County.
In her speech, the First Lady thanked Equity for supporting the organisation to empower and transform the lives of women economically in Kakamega County.
“This programme will supplement Governor Oparanya’s ambitious County water project dubbed “Amatsi Khumukuru” that targets to supply water to every household across the County; just like the Governor, we have to reduce the burden and the time wasted by women in search of water,” she said.
In the partnership, Equity bank entails provision of financial aid for purchase of water tanks that will enable women to harvest clean and safe water for subsistence use.
Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization Chairperson Madam Rahab Muiu on her part revealed that the organization signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Equity bank with object of bringing economic empowerment to women at the grassroots countrywide.
“Water harvesting project is a national project which we intend to implement across the country in line with President Uhuru’s vision to rid water cans from women’s backs and heads. The target is to ensure 1 million households access a 10,000 litre tank each by 2024, and 2million tanks by 2028, in line with the Vision 2030 blueprint,” she added.
The MYWO has been educating Kenyan women on entrepreneurship skills, business planning, and digital literacy in addition to encouraging and aiding them to access loans from financial institutions.
In attendance were Chief Officer Social Services CPA John Imbogo and Equity Bank’s representative from Nairobi office Madam Mary Mwangangi, among other officers.