UJIRANI WOMEN GROUP SUCCESS STORY
UJIRANI women groupwas started in 2008 with twenty six registered members all women aged between 18 & 50 years. The aim of the group is to nurture its members by improving their livelihood. UJIRANI women group has made a lot of progress since its inception.
The members were able to start a merry go round which helped members and therefore started table banking where members could borrow and repay the short term loans with an interest of 10%.
In 2008 the members applied for the 1st loan cycle and were given a loan of Kshs.50,000.00 by Women Enterprise Fund. The group bought 60 iron sheets for their two members. They wanted to start a poultry business but felt the money was not enough and loaned it to members with 10% interest.
They applied 2nd loan cycle of Kshs.100, 000 in 2011; they group utilised the money by buying iron sheets for the rest of the members.
3rd loan cycle of Kshs.200, 000 in 2014; The amount was ploughed in agriculture where the members ventured into banana and crop farming. The members were also able to construct wells for some members of the group.
4th loan cycle of Kshs. 350,000 in 2015; the money was utilised to construct wells for the rest of the members who all ventured into farming from well water that they utilised for irrigation purposes.
5th loan cycle of Kshs.500, 000 in 2017; the group bought six motorcycles, for transporting their products to the market.
6th loan cycle of 500,000 in 2018-The group injected the amount into the account, for the members to borrow and return it with interest 10%.
The group has been engaged in activities that include:
- Food security-The group members have been doing irrigation farming hence securing food for the household.
- Education-Members have been paying school fees for their children from high school to university without problems.
- Social support-The group support community by providing tents and kitchen utensils during wedding and funerals by charging them less.
- Housing-Every household of the group member has got a decent house since they have been practising merry go round for iron sheet.
The group has started a dairy goat project with 12 dairy goats. Five goats now have kids, increasing production. The group is selling at least five liters of milk daily with each litre going for Kshs.100.00.