Table Banking in Busia
On one Saturday morning in November 2016, women from Kakamega visited women in Busia. Busia women wanted to learn how to run table banking efficiently and effectively. Kakamega women had been doing table banking but it was stagnant and had inactive members therefore it was as though they did not have one. Also, they had not been making any headways with the money they collected and wanted to get ideas on how to utilize the money for their own and society’s benefit.
The rules for the day were clear, that if one entered the room a minute past the required time they would pay a fine. True to their word, a number of people paid the fine which was added to the chairman’s kitty.
The meeting was well organized, had order and was to the point as per the agenda. The roles of the chairman, secretary and treasurer were well articulated and the process well informed. The members of the two counties were attentive and were eager to follow what Busia leaders had in store for them.
In their kitty, the women from Busia have set aside funds from the table banking to educate needy children in their communities. They identify genuine cases of families that need help and assist the parents together with their children. They termed it as giving back to the society because of the far they had gone.
Busia women acknowledged that they had learned from Kakamega women and were ready to be committed to their table banking. One of the challenges they had posed was that members were not dedicated leading to inconsistency in the meetings and contributions.
After presentations from various leaders and members on how funds were disbursed and used, the meeting was closed by an anthem composed by the group meant to promote unity amongst themselves and thereafter a word of prayer.