The collaboration between KMET, Mayatta B community members and Post Bank Kisumu Branch will enable hundreds of teenage girls from the community to begin saving money at a tender age as well as be empowered socially.
Safespaces are locations where KMET trained mentors in life skills, adolescent sexual reproductive health and financial education engage girls of ages between 11 and 19 as their mentees once every week for 18 months.
Post Bank on the other hand will offer wallets to the teenagers where one can save as little as one shilling per day before eventually transferring the amount to one’s savings account.
To open a savings account one needs a minimum of fifty Kenya shillings, a birth certificate, a baptism card or parent’s/guardian’s identification card.
Mr. Moses Okoth, Manyatta B community security chairperson speaking on behalf of the area chief expressed gratitude for the new partnership, saying that the teenage girl child is the most vulnerable member of the urban informal settlement community.
“I urge KMET to spearhead behaviour change within our teens to be responsible with their sexuality and to be financially sound people,” posed Mr. Okoth.
On her key note address to the girls and community leaders present during the launch, KMET Founding Executive Director, Monica Oguttu challenged the mentees to make use of the safe spaces to discuss just about anything that they cannot be able to openly talk over at home.
“Don’t be shy. Shy girls are the victims of most bad circumstances in the community. Plus lack of Knowledge is why most ladies succumb to unfortunate predicaments,” emphasized the Director before moving on to give the girls an inspiring talk about her teenage life and how she managed to excel amidst poverty and hardship.
Safe spaces in Manyatta: