By Mercy Kibe
A Community Based Organisation (CBO) is putting a smile on the face of the less fortunate people in the society by building houses for them.
The CBO dubbed ‘Tuinuane Kenya’ which was founded in 2013 also pays for tuition fees for their children especially those who are registered members of the organisation.
The aim of the group is to try and curb poverty among vulnerable families in the country. The CBO Muranda village, Shinyalu Sub County in Kakamega County.
The project is also visible in Vihiga, Busia, Bungoma and Uasin Gishu counties.
In an exclusive interview with the County Guardian News (CGN), Tuinuane Kenya director Wycliffe Muhanji, said they came together as friends and started making voluntary contributions aimed at helping the poor in the society.
He said they have at least 53 people who donate part of their salaries, clothes and building materials towards supporting the project.
Mr Muhanji said those they have helped; their standards of living have improved since they were enrolled into the program.
“The project is divided into groups of 30 members who have chosen group leaders. The groups manage themselves and the head office only provides guidance and advise on how to continue supporting each member,” said Muhanji.
According to the director, after a member joins the group, he will get financial support for the first three months to enable him start a small business in a bid to ensure he/she can fend himself.
“A member who does not have a house is helped to put up one by members contributing at least sh50 each of the total cost. This means we collect at least Sh50,000 from the over 5000 members and the extra coins we get is taken to the organization’s savings account,” said Muhanji.
Dennis Shihi is an orphan and a beneficiary of the initiative. The members contributed money and put up a semi –permanent house for him in a week’s time after the demise of his parents.
“The initiative is really supportive. They were able to buy for me 20 iron sheets and paid the workers on site,” he said.
Besides putting a house for him, Tuinuane Kenya also paid his tuition fees at Sigalagala National Polytechnic.
He is among the over 2,500 students from vulnerable families being sponsored by the organization to further their studies. Shihi is taking a diploma course in electrical engineering at the institution.
The 30 cluster groups at the organisation are now engaged table banking as a way of seeing to it that members are financially stable.
“We offer advice to members in the organization to form self-help groups and then involved themselves in table banking activities among themselves. We don’t engage in their activities but we only ensure proper financial rules and regulations are followed,” said Muhanji, the director.
However, Muhanji noted that is facing financial constraints since the members have a myriad challenge that require huge amounts of money to solve. “We are appealing to well-wishers to come and help us in the initiative,”