The Income Generating Action –Empowerment Programme
The Income Generating Activity Empowerment Programme is a projects that seeks to provide an alternative and more progressive source of income hence economic empowerment to LGBTI individuals in Kenya. This will be done through offering technical skills enhancement and entrepreneurial skills to the needy individuals with an aim of transforming lives.
The objectives of the Project to the Community
- To improve the entrepreneurial and technical skills of LGBTI people.
- To promote economic self-reliance for the LGBTI community through entrepreneurship training.
- To develop new and sustainable enterprises/ income generating projects.
- To promote a culture of saving and financial literacy though micro finance referral and advice.
- To create a platform for rebuilding lives of LGBTI people who have been forced out of school, employment or homes due to their sexual orientation or gender identity
- Creating support systems for the LGBTI people to start supporting one another in rising above the economic problems due to their sexual orientation and gender identity.
GALCK as a community resource centre intends to bridge this gap by providing the requisite technical and entrepreneurial skills to ensure LGBTI individuals are in a position to compete in the job market as well as initiate and run successfully manage their own income generating initiatives.
Current IGA Progress
The Income Generating Action Team received over 52 applications from across the country and they are now collating the documents to know how many people applied, sieving the applications, signing their terms of reference, vouching the applicants to determine which ones qualify for the IGA support.
It is envisioned that this will be a project worth emulating and we hope it will be replicated at regional levels courtesy of continued national roll out with existing, new and emerging groups.
The review committee has had two sittings in the last one month, the first one being the criteria development and setting and the collation of the documents so as to know how many people applied for diverse courses. The second meeting was primarily intended to sieve the applications and identify gaps that render applications unreviewable. It was through this meeting that all applicants were contacted and requested to avail the necessary documents they had failed to hand in so as to aid in reviewing. Another convening is set to be held by the end of the month to finalise the reviewing of the applicants given that all applicants have handed in all necessary documents.
At every stage of this process, consultation is sought with each and every one of the of the GALCK member groups. They include; Gay Kenya, TEA [Transgender Education and Advocacy], AFRA-Kenya [Artists For Recognition and Acceptance], MWA [Minority Women in Action], PEMA-Kenya [Persons Marginalized and Aggrieved] and ISHTAR MSM. Affiliates, new and emerging groups have also offered tremendous support in the process. They include; URM [Upper Rift Minorite’], NYARWEK [Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western and Coalition].