Influence of women group projects on their livelihood sustainability: a case of Oyugis Division South Rachuonyo District
The purpose of this study was to investigate influence of women group projects on their livelihood sustainability. This study was designed to fulfill four objectives: influence of women group on their income, influence of women group on the education of their children, influence of women group on the acquisition of wealth and the influence of women group on their psycho-social status. The study was significant in the attempt to unearth women groups in making correct choices on the income generating activities they engage in. The limitations of the study were that some of the groups were far in the interior places of the district which forced the researcher to use bodaboda to reach some of the interior places. The study was delimited to Oyugis Division of South Rachuonyo District and to formal women groups only. Literature was reviewed on the following sub-headings; influence of women on their income, influence of women groups on the education of their children, influence of women group projects on wealth acquisition, and influence of women groups on the psychosocial status. The study therefore adopted descriptive survey targeting a population of 1560 women in Oyugis division. The sample that was selected was 156 women through stratified, simple random, and purposive sampling techniques. The study used structured questionnaires, interview techniques and observation as the main tools of data collection. Data was analyzed using percentages and means, presented in tables and then discussed as per the findings in chapter two. The study found out that; women who were involved in these groups were married and majority of them being primary school leavers; women had benefited from these associations through improvement of income; women were supporting their children in school due to the proceeds from the project activities; women had acquired property from the proceeds from the project activities; and finally women had shared and sought advice from the challenges the experienced due to the projects they were undertaking. The study concluded that women groups were of great influence to women in Oyugis as they enabled women to improve their incomes from the various income generating activities they engaged in, women supported their children in school due to the proceeds from the project activities, through women groups, women were able to acquire property and fmally women were encouraged to share the challenges they experienced in and outside their groups. The study finally recommended that women needed to be given capacity building courses which will expose them to more possible ways of managing and implementing group activities. There is need for women to be given frequent visits by officers from the ministries concerned so that they can be trained on how to diversify their group activities. The study finally suggested possible areas of future use based on the fmdings. That further research to be carried on the how rural women can be influenced to access formal education, study to determine the effects of women group projects on their livelihoods, study to investigate the effects of micro finance organizations in promoting rural women activities and fmally a study to investigate the influence of women groups on their living standards.