On Saturday, 19th September 2015, members from Zahra Al-batul Women Group together with Suqaina Women Group hosted a trade fair at Samburu Centre from 8.00am to 4.00pm. Economic Upliftment Groups from all 15 BMMK centres were invited to participate in this event.
Two members from each of the 13 centres had come to represent their group for the event.
Products available for sale were:
- Handcraft items like Ropes, floor mats, beaded hand bags, hat, local handmade fans and baskets.
- Vegetable and fruit items like , green chilies, tamarind, raw baobabs, cassava, pawpaw’s, sugarcanes, oranges, bananas etc
- Edible items like Popcorns, baobab, banana bread,etc
- Soap detergents
Also available were different variety of clothes stitched by our tailoring students.
Objectives of the trade fair:
- Gather at least 2 ladies from each centre at one place so as to communicate and share ideas and skills.
- Motivate them to market their products / businesses outside their own localities
- The members to learn from each other on how to run their businesses so that they can improve where they have weaknesses
The event was graced by Mr. Hassan Chiro - Administrative Clerk in the Assistant County Commissioner’s Office, who was representing the area District Officer (D.O), Samburu. He was shown all the products displayed by the groups in each stall by the EUP trainer Sis Sidi Nyota. He was happy to see women doing businesses and commended BMMK for supporting and empowering these groups.
“We are very happy to have gotten a chance to host such an event. All the members who had come from various centres will benefit by selling their products as well as sharing ideas on how to improve their businesses”.
- Chinyavu Ali (Samburu)
“I have come to Samburu to take part in the trade fair where I am displaying clothes stitched by my students. It is my first time to come to Samburu and I am thankful to Allah (SWT) to have benefited from this event by earning some profits from the sales made and learning various aspects of business from our fellow ladies”.
- Mwanaidi Umazi Rumba (Bahakanda Tailoring Teacher)
“Being a resident of this place I am happy to see our mothers come together from as far as Ukambani to participate in this event. Having heard these ladies have gone through various trainings such as Making Bar Soaps and Liquid detergents, this way the ladies can conduct businesses and earn an income despite being at home. The Government is proud of NGO’s such as BMMK who are extending their hand towards improving the lives of our mothers”.
- Hassan Chiro – Administrative Clerk in the Asst. County Commissioner’s Office
Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya thanks Zahra Al-Batul Women Group – Samburu for their humbleness throughout this event. It also appreciates the support given to the group by its nearing centre, Suqaina Women Group-Chengoni.
It is through these kinds of events that empowers the women and motivates them to be independent in their lives.
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