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What is the Greatest Resource?

Daniel Osumba told his story in many ways. He donned a yellow T-Shirt written ‘…it is my responsibility’. There was this serious look about him. Everyone seemed to listen to him in those conversations before the formal reflection session. As a Zetech University student taking a diploma in community development, one would wonder why he went for the entrepreneurship training. When it was time to tell his story, I listened…

 

“…these trainings helped me a lot. I was able to open my own hotel business, something I wasn’t able to do with my continuing college education only.” And yes, to confirm how this knowledge had transformed him into a skillful entrepreneur, he was at some point forced to leave his business in the watch of someone else who hadn’t been trained and the budding business collapsed.

One begins to appreciate the value upon seeing that they can succeed where others fail. “We really appreciate what you people are doing.” he said in reference to the team of CHF and The Youth Banner which had convened this reflection session.

 

Armed with the arsenal of economic empowerment, Daniel is fighting a good fight against community conflicts, poverty and ignorance. I caught up with him later after the reflection session and I asked him what his best arrows in his quiver were.

He didn’t bat an eyelid. “I am using the economic empowerment slogan to pass the knowledge I acquired to help others in my community to become entrepreneurs too. I speak to business people, merry-go-round women groups, chamas, especially Canaan and Luvenant Self Help Groups.”

 

He highlights three things that are helping those that he trains

  1. Cultivating a saving culture
  2. How to write a business plan
  • Resource mobilization.

 

“All these things, I learnt from The Youth Banner trainings.” he says

 

Daniel is young and energetic, just like most young people in this community, some of whom engage in petty and sometimes violent crimes, besides being used by rogue politicians to fight for their personal gains. But he is different. He has been empowered to use his energy for his good, and he is using that to make his community better.

The Greatest Resource Is Human Resource… Taking Responsibility

From Employee To Employer! “Ahsante TYB”

George Ochare's Wife Lydia at the Premise.

George Ochare is a 31-year-old husband and father of one child from Sofia Estate, Homa Bay Township in Homa Bay County and he is a Beep Graduate.

Where was he Before?

Before joining The Youth Banner (TYB) in October 2015, he was a regular employee in the County Referral Hospital with the thought of starting his own enterprise not having crossed his mind. Surviving on a meagre salary, he struggled to meet his family’s needs and those of his dependants. He was taken through TYB’s Banner Economic Empowerment Program (BEEP) where he and his wife acquired skills on enterprise development, finance literacy and received lots of mentorship and coaching.

After the BEEP

Armed with this knowledge, his own technical skills and personal savings, he started a pharmacy business that was initially being operated from a small room.

This has since grown to be a fully registered business and has given birth to other businesses such as a butchery and an M-PESA agency which he runs inside the pharmacy. This has seen them turn their income from an average of KES 15,000.00 per month to KES 45,000.00 per month.

Where he is now

Now he is able to provide better for his family, improve their living standards and make constant monthly savings in a bank. Since George received a transfer to another facility, the businesses are now run by his wife Lydia Ochare and they have employed one more staff working at the butchery.

She told The Youth Banner Officer that “The Youth Banner has been a blessing to us. Ever since we enrolled in the program we have been able to learn on how we can improve our enterprise by gaining relevant business skills. Asante sana TYB“