The state minister in charge of Micro Finance, Kyeyune Harunah Kasolo, has said that they are going to scale up cooperation between the ministry and faith based organisations to alleviate the biting poverty.
Kasolo made the remarks during an engagement with the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) led by Sheikh Shaban Ramadan Mubaje the Mufti of Uganda on Friday in Kampala.
Kasolo said that the purpose of their visit was to scale up cooperation between the ministry and faith based organisations such as UMSC to help the faithful get rid of poverty.
“Your Eminence during my second tenure in office, I wish to bring the Muslim community on board on a large scale so that they can benefit from micro finance services. We hope to reach them through your office and UMSC structures countrywide,” said Kasolo.
On his part, Mubaje welcomed the initiative describing it as a long awaited opportunity, which shouldn’t be taken lightly.
“The government needs to bring on board all stakeholders including religious and cultural institutions if such programmes are to result into positive impact in the communities,” said Mubaje, citing the many unemployed youths, who end up being manipulated and enlisted into criminal activities.
Both parties agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the modalities on how they will implement Micro finance services in the community.