Selected groups for youth, women and people living with disability (PLWDs) in Baringo have benefited from an empowerment programme sponsored by County women representative Gladwell Cheruiyot.
Speaking at National Cereals deport in Kabarnet town when she presided over the launch of assorted items that included posho mill machines, public address systems, salon equipment, water pumps, tents and chairs, Cheruiyot said the tools would go a long way in promoting small scale entrepreneurs in order for them to become self-reliant.
She noted that the programme funded through National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NG-AAF) to a tune of Sh7 million seeks to support some 96 groups across the 30 wards of the county.
“My office will continue empowering our residents until they are able to feed their own families without any challenges,” the MP said.
Cheruiyot, who also commissioned an abolition block for PLWDs within the town before distributing them with wheelchairs urged the beneficiary groups to offer free services for the first few days as a way of appreciating the support offered to them.
At the same time, the legislator challenged the electorate to give her another opportunity to serve them since she has a lot of ideas in store for them besides a second chance programme which she is currently sponsoring for some 690 teenage mothers to continue with their education after dropping out of school to take care of their kids.
“If you give me a second chance, it will be a second chance to your daughters already enrolled in various schools across the county,” she said.
Cheruiyot noted that the programme which has relieved so many parents the agony of their children from staying at home will be in jeopardy if another leader is elected to replace her.
Baringo Central Deputy County Commissioner Reuben Ratemo lauded the initiative by Cheruiyot saying she has touched so many lives.
Ratemo called upon residents to take advantage of such transformative programmes to develop themselves and their society.
Nominated Member of County Assembly Betty Birchogo reiterated the sentiments urging the electorates to keenly choose their leaders beyond party affiliations.
She stated that it was only few leaders who left a mark after concluding their terms of service to the electorates.