4,630 single mothers trained under I-KIT

15 Dec 2014 / 17:38 H.

    KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 4,630 single mothers in the country have been trained under the Single Mother Skill Incubator Programme (I-KIT), a government initiative to prepare them to kickstart small scale businesses.
    Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said out of the figure recorded until November this year, 2,074 single mothers have managed to increase their income by 50% .
    "We will guide and monitor this group for up to six months after they have gone through the programme to ensure that they can stand on their own feet," she told Dewan Negara in reply to a query by Senator Datuk Roslin Abdul Rahman who wanted to know the details of the programme.
    Rohani said since 2008, a total of 210,671 single mothers have received assistance from the ministry through the Social Welfare Department, Women Development Department, National Population and Family Development Board, and National Key Result Area unit.
    She added the ministry was in the process of gathering information from other ministries to be kept in the Maklumat Nasional Isu-isu Sosial Negara (Manis) (National Information on Social Issues) system which was intended to better categorise people in need of assistance to benefit from government initiated programmes.
    "This is to ensure that they can be specifically placed under a programme that can truly benefit them. Some are in need of financial assistance, while others are better to be given counselling and motivational programmes," she said.


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