Ksh. 15 million to support businesswomen and education in Isiolo
The five NRT member community conservancies in Isiolo County received Ksh. 15 million (USD 150,000) last week from the NRT Conservancy Livelihoods Fund (CLF). The communities, through their boards and management team, have earmarked the funds for education bursaries and microfinance for businesswomen.
The cheques were handed over in an event that was attended by seven Members of County Assembly and the County Assembly Speaker, Hussein Halakhe, who joined representatives of Leparua, Nakuprat-Gotu, Nasuulu, Oldonyiro and Biliqo Bulesa community conservancies. Both political leaders and national government officials praised the CLF initiative for the way it supported livelihoods and contributed to improved security.
The Conservancy Livelihoods Fund (CLF) is supported by USAID and DANIDA, among others, and empowers communities to identify, plan and implement their own development programmes through their conservancies. It is open to any NRT member conservancy to apply to, and proposals must reflect community priorities. In 2018, Ksh 52.9 million was awarded to 16 projects in 16 conservancies through the CLF. The top three sectors were microfinance, education and rangelands projects.