Kenya: Soccer Teams Train to Kick Out Poverty

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    Nairobi Star (Nairobi)

    Hilton Otenyo

    18 March 2011


    An NGO initiative has converted over three hundred football teams into self-help groups to help fight poverty Western and Rift Valley. The groups will be supported by the Maliza Umaskini initiative to start income generating projects to mitigate poverty in households in Kakamega, Bungoma and Uasin Gishu.

    The initiative’s chief executive Sadat Muhindi yesterday said the drive targets mainly youth and women. “The programme started in Lugari where last year there were over 80 football clubs converted into self-help groups and their projects are already running and we are only working out sustainability,” said Muhindi.

    He said the groups will engage in farming, brick-making, poultry and bee-keeping, and video show rooms for screening football matches.

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