The economic future of the youth, women and persons living with disability in Kilifi County was planted on Thursday by the Governor the right Honourable Amason Jeffah Kingi.
Kilifi County Micro Finance Fund, popularly known as MBEGU FUND is a revolving fund whose initial capital is funded by the County Executive, after which the youth, women and persons living with disability can access interest-free loans.
Attached, find the speech by His Excellence Governor Amason Jeffah Kingi.
ladies and gentlemen, Good morning. I am very pleased to join you today.
What a pleasure to see so many young entrepreneurs, and so many distinguished
Kilifians. Let me also recognize
and thank all of
you for finding time to come to my office. It’s a pleasure to host all of
Once again I wish to welcome you to this auspicious occasion as we officially launch the Kilifi County
Microfinance Fund popularly
known as the “Mbegu Fund”. This is a revolving
fund, with its initial capital being
monies allocated by the County
Executive and approved by the County Assembly.
It aims to empower small
and medium entrepreneurs registered with the Kilifi County Government by
providing interest-free loans to help them start and manage their own businesses.
It goes without saying that this program has been at the
heart of my Government since inception, with the aim of empowering them and be part of our transformation agenda
as a County. By launching this fund today, we are creating a platform for small
and medium enterprises (SMEs) to
thrive by providing capital either to start up or expand their existing
business enterprises. We
cannot afford to let the energy and enterprises
of our young Kilifians go to waste or
unutilized because through their ventures, they also
create jobs for themselves and for others, thereby alleviating poverty levels
in our beautiful County.
As a Government, we have
noted with much concern that Small
and medium enterprises face many
obstacles in our County including cumbersome start-up procedures, difficulty in accessing
capital, skilled labour,
political instability and corruption. But among all these
issues, access to finance remains by far the most cited obstacle experienced by
firms trying to formalize, grow and increase
productivity thus the need of the County
to establish the Kilifi
County Microfinance (Mbegu) Fund. Despite the immense challenges they face, SMEs are the source of more than
half of formal and informal employment opportunities worldwide.
Gentlemen, Fellow Kilifians,
Kilifi County Mbegu Fund, therefore, targets small and micro entrepreneurs
registered with the County
Government of Kilifi and comprises of Individual business people (sole
proprietors), registered groups
and Co-operatives societies. The Fund offers Agribusiness loans, Business loans,
LPO financing and Asset financing. I wish to congratulate the first group that
will receive their loans here today. As pioneers of this fund, your hard work
and diligence will determine the success of this program and our ambitions to
achieve the Big 4 Agenda as a County. These are: Manufacturing, food security,
affordable housing as well as the attainment of universal healthcare.
young entrepreneurs, I must insist that you play a very key role in the
attainment of the Big 4 Agenda in our County.
In every area you partake, I encourage you to proactively manage the resources at your
disposal; be innovative and distinguish yourselves for the betterment of our
generation and those to come.
Today my government through the Department
of Trade, Tourism and Cooperative Development is disbursing loans worth KES. 30M to various Youth and Women groups. This also includes People Living with Disabilities and Cooperatives. This, we believe, will help boost our youth,
women and residents in empowering themselves economically.Through the Mbegu
Fund Board, my Government will now allocate
1% of the total County Budget to be set aside for disbursements of
interest-free loans to small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
This approximates to at least
KES. 120M being disbursed
annually as from the financial year 2019/2020 going forward.
a Government, we have consistently
dedicated our resources towards empowering our youth, women as well as persons with disabilities to ensure we have an all-inclusive transformation
journey. We have also taken bold and
deliberate measures to ensure we diversify
our economic activities as a County so that we
improve the living standards of our people. A big example
is the investment conference, which we held 2 years ago where
unpackaged to the world the immense bankable
projects that can be carried
out in our County. We also
hosted the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) conference and also attended the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference held in Nairobi
late last year. All this
is in a bid to sell Kilifi’s investment opportunities to the world. So far, we
have a steel milling industry in Rabai, a fruit processing industry about to be
built in Bamba, Ganze and a port ready for construction at Takaungu, Kilifi North.
these efforts are intended to achieve a maximum outcome of contributing to industrialization,
food security and creation of sustainable employment for the great people of
Kilifi County. In this regard, apart from the creation of forward integration,
the revival of the cashew nut and coconut industries will open up new
substantial opportunities for our people.
The key to achieving our aspirations as a County, including the Big
4 Agenda as envisioned by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta lies in working together
in deliberate and premeditated partnerships. The collaboration between my
administration, the County Assembly and the Kilifi County electorate will play
a pivotal role if we are to succeed in our transformation agenda. I therefore
direct my officers to be more accommodative and engage the public and the
County assembly in matters development so that we enjoy shared development and
prosperity as the Kilifi County community.
I conclude, I wish to reiterate our commitment as a Government in providing
support towards empowering our Kilifi community economically through different
business initiatives and ventures. I wish all the groups that are receiving
their loans today all the very best in their business
endeavors. May the spirit of hard work and determination lead you and may it inspire youth fellow youths as well.
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