THE OBJECTIVES OF THE FUND ARE:
a) To expand access to finances in promotion of youth and women businesses and enterprises at the constituency level for economic growth towards the realization of the goal of Vision 2030.
b) To generate gainful self-employment for the youth and women; and
c) To model an alternative framework in funding community driven development.
a) For a group
i. Is registered with the department of social services, cooperatives or the Registrar of Societies.
ii. Has members aged between 18 and 35 years whereas the women’s groups shall be made up of women aged eighteen years and above
iii. Is based and operational at the constituency it seeks to make an application for consideration
iv. Operates a table banking structure or any other group fund structure where members make monthly contributions according to the groups’ internal guidelines (evidence of monthly contributions shall be a requirement)
v. Hold a bank account in the name of the group.
b) For an institution
i. Is a registered entity
ii. Has listed youth and women groups within it.
c) Commitments by the applicants
i. An application for the funds shall be accompanied by a signed guarantee form executed by each member of the women or youth group individually committing to repay the loan requested by the group
ii. On behalf of the Government, the Committee shall enter into an agreement with the identified beneficiary groups on the terms of the loan repayment prior to release of funds through signing a prescribed form.
HOW TO APPLY
Step 1: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria above
Step 2: fill in an application form (available from the constituency Uwezo Fund Management Committee office, CDF Offices or download form from http://www.uwezofund.go.ke)
Step 3: submit the application form together with relevant documents to the Constituency Uwezo Fund Management Committee office
Step 4: Await notification from the committee
a) For administration of the Fund:-
i. The access by eligible groups of the Fund,shall be on a first come first served basis,subject to assessment and approval of the loan,provided that the Committee shall ensure equitable distribution of funds in the wards
ii. Eligible qualifying amounts for a group shall be a minimum of fifty thousand (50,000) and a maximum of five hundred thousand (500,000) shillings at any one time.
b) In determining the total amount a group is eligible to receive,the following criteria shall be applied-
i. The length of time the group has been in existence
ii. The total amount contributed by the group
iii. The current status of contribution
iv. The proposed business plan for the loan applied
i. All groups shall be allowed a six months grace period before commencement of repayment of the loan element but all loans shall be payable within two years from the expiry of the grace period.
ii. Loan recipients’ shall be deposited either by cash or cheque their monthly repayments for loan proceeds into the Uwezo Fund Repayment Account and submit a copy of the deposit slip to the Committee who shall issue and acknowledge receipt to the recipient group.
iii. Upon verifiable proof of loan repayment of all loan proceeds the Committee shall issue a discharge certificate to the recipient group with respect to the loan repayment
HOW TO APPLY FOR UWEZO FUNDS
Step 1: Be a registered group with the department of social services, Cooperatives or the Registrar of Societies
Step 2: Have group members aged between 18 and 35 years whereas the women’s groups shall be made up of women aged eighteen years and above
Step 3: Registered group to be based and operational at the constituency it seeks to make an application for consideration
Step 4: Registered group to operate a table banking structure or any other group fund structure where members make monthly contributions according to the groups’ internal guidelines (evidence of monthly contributions shall be a requirement)
Step 5: Registered group should hold a bank account in the name of the group
Step 6: Fill in an application form (available from the constituency Uwezo Fund Management Committee office or download from http://www.uwezofund.go.ke)
Step 7: Submit the application form together with relevant documents to the Constituency Uwezo Fund Management Committee Office at CDF offices
COMPOSITION OF CONSTITUENCY UWEZO FUND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
1. Sub-County Commissioner or his representative
2. The Sub County Development Officer or his representative
3. The Sub County Accountant responsible for national government operations within that constituency
4. The Sub-County representative of the national government Ministry responsible for youth and women affairs, who shall be an ex-officio member and the secretary to the Committee
5. The CDF Funds Account Manager- ex-officio member
6. A representative from each ward in the constituency nominated by the constituency member of Parliament
7. Two representatives from the constituency one of whom shall be a male youth nominated by the county women representative; and
8. One person with disability per constituency who shall be appointed by the county women representative
9. The Constituency Development Fund Committee shall provide administrative support to the Committee in each constituency
10. The total number of ward representatives shall have equal number of either gender with the women quota providing at least one female youth
11. The Cabinet Secretary shall cause the names of persons Constituting the Committee to be published in the Gazette
12. On the first meeting of the Committee, there shall be an election of the chairperson from the representatives from the ward
13. The Constituency Development Fund Manager, one officer from the Ministry and the sub-county development officers shall provide the necessary secretariat services to the Committee
14. The secretariat shall be primarily responsible to ensure compliance of the set guidelines on managing the fund, facilitate the disbursement of the funds and recovery of the same.
About Youth County Projects Kenya and the Founder
Violet Mbiti is the founder of the blog “Youth County Projects Kenya” that seeks to fill the knowledge and awareness gap regarding youth projects being implemented by Non-Governmental Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector, National Government, County Governments, donors and individuals in the 47 counties in Kenya.
Violet Mbiti holds a Masters Degree in Project Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from United States International University .She has initiated and implemented projects that cover the health sector, Renewable Energy Sector, Water Sector, Environment Sector and Social Entrepreneurship. She also sought the donors who funded the above projects.
Violet is also an alumni of the Political Leadership and Governance Programme offered by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung which is funded by the German Government and is the Vice Chairperson of Improved Stoves Association of Kenya Machakos County. Violet is an advisory council board member of Hand in Hand Eastern Africa youth project titled “The Peace and Prosperity through Job Creation”.
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