Education, Culture and Social Services County Executive Committee Member Joseph Kurgat have challenged the marginalized groups to form and join the existing cooperatives societies.
Speaking during training of the marginalized people affected/infected with HIV at Pioneer, Homecraft Centre, the CECM said that was the only way they will get support from the government and other development partners.
You should draft proposals of your ideas on the projects you need to start so that we can feature in our next 2021/22 budget for us to be able to provide start-up kits for you to be self-reliant and sustainable,” said the CECM.
He further added that people should live free from stigma.
On her part, Education and Social Services Chief Officer Jane Njuguna urged parents to adhere to the health protocols during this COVID -19 pandemic by correctly wearing of facemasks, maintaining social distance and frequently washing hands.
She further reiterated on the need of joining cooperatives and taking advantage of the Inua Biashara Fund, Kijana na acre and Inua Mama na Kuku amongst other projects and programmes initiated by the County.
Nominated MCA Hon. Mary Goretty advised them to come out and access medication as Uasin Gishu has a large number estimated at more than 32,000 persons living with HIV.
She further noted that everyone has a purpose of living and have the same abilities as others.
Director Social Services Meshack Chemwor commended them on strengthening the support groups and seek assistance from County Offices.
Among present were Officers from the Department of Trade Joan Mutai who took them through on Small Medium Enterprise (SMEs)and Cooperative Officer Veronica Birir.