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Just Imagine This!

Imagine This!

Getting skills that help you advance your trade and provide for yourself and your family. Then using those skills to do exactly that!

That is what TYB has been doing with our Entrepreneurship Training through BEEP.

But now we want to venture even further, and provide a different skillset to youth from challenged backgrounds. You wonder what this means, right? Do you know that out of the total youth population in Kenya, the greatest percentage comes from informal settlements (slums) and rural areas?

Now you know!

You wonder how?

We want to target these youth and provide them with the much needed Computer Skills training so that they can be able to access information and venture into the millions of online job opportunities.

We CANNOT do this without YOUR SUPPORT!

Support us today by contributing SECURELY via M-Changa:

MPESA: Paybill 891300, Account 13140.
AIRTEL MONEY: Business Name MCHANGA, Reference 13140
EQUITEL: Business number 891300, Account number 13140

How to donate

 

Thank you in advance.

Sincerely,
Youth from Challenged Backgrounds.

#ChangingLivelihoods

#ForTheYouth

Youth in class during a Computer Skills training session

 

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Women And Entrepreneurship – Warembo Self Help Group

In my daily routine as an Entrepreneurship Trainer with The Youth Banner (TYB) and based in Homabay, I have interacted with countless youth from the County and the greater Nyanza region. It has exposed me to the challenges us youth face as well as given me a chance to be part of the success in many of their success stories.

One particular feat that I have witnessed is that of Warembo Self Help Group. Most of these group members met during one of the entrepreneurship classes and formed a bond that attracted other friends and classmates alike to join them. This group has now grown beyond the class to over 60 members, ages ranging between 19 – 35yrs, making time to meet every Friday without fail!

Being at the front row of this growth has taught me a lot as a person but most importantly, the lesson that you don’t need much to create an impact.

Through The Youth Banner Economic Empowerment Program, BEEP, we have not only taught them the importance of women coming together to  learn  entrepreneurship and create an impact in the community, but also the need to pull resources together and start their own table banking and Chama. In a span of one year through the chama, more than 20 have started their own businesses. These range from; beauty saloons, groceries, kiosks, cyber cafes, agent banking outlets and boutiques, among many others. They also support each other by making regular contributions to the chama hence empowering others in the group.

Warembo Self Help Group pose with their trophy after winning the BEST BEEP CLUB award duting the 13th BEEP Graduation Ceremony in June 2016.

These extraordinary group of ladies have also formed a bond whereby they support each other by collectively contributing to funerals, weddings and other social events of their members. Through TYB’s skills’ training program, Amka Tujiinue Group (ATG), they have learnt various handskills e.g. beadwork and weaving that help them make products that they later sell to generate an income for themselves. Through mentorship, they have shown discipline and enabled them to set goals which they have followed through to achieve. TYB’s unique handholding approach by the trainers has ensured they remained focused thus strengthening their efforts.

They also give back to the community through community service activities like street clean up programs, charity, spending time with children in orphanages, prison visits, caring for widows among others. These activities happen once a month.

Warembo Self Help Group during a clean up exercise

Being at the front row of this growth has taught me a lot as a person but most importantly, the lesson that you don’t need much to create an impact. The little resources that you have managed to put together is what you will use to set up a foundation. It is all that matters! I am really proud of the Warembo team.

I thank Siemens Stiftung for their continued support.

 

 

#ChangingLivelihoods

#ForTheYouth

 

Laura Jean-Louis
Trainer and Coordinator,
Homabay county

 

My Take: Working With The Youth

With over 80% of Kenya’s unemployed workforce being under 35, working at The Youth Banner as an entrepreneurship trainer and coordinator has given me the opportunity to be part of the solution. I am invested in facilitating, nurturing, and promoting the development of young entrepreneurs in Kenya. For me this has been a journey of immense pleasure despite the challenges. However, working with young people in the informal settlements of Nairobi and seeing the potential they hold has been a clear indication that by empowering entrepreneurs, Kenya stands a chance at eradicating poverty and unemployment. Nevertheless, most of these young people lack the fundamentals of business management skills and yet they jump straight into business, hence the very reason why most of their businesses fail.

 

The Youth Banner, entrepreneurship training program BEEP has been designed to help gain entrepreneurship and skill development with practical learning that highlights business development. To ensure personal development and behaviour change, the program includes both group and personal mentorship in a bid to ensure our entrepreneurs are able to achieve beyond business success, but also become role models in their community.

 

The success stories shared are just but a fraction of many, and they are an example of The Youth Banner’s efforts in nurturing entrepreneurship and enterprises in Kenya. The total credit goes to those youth for their commitment and hard work in enhancing their skills and by establishing businesses that have increased their earnings for a better life. However, it’s their stories that inspire me and my colleagues to continue with our work even when faced with challenges and I believe that their stories will continue to inspire the future generation of trainers that will join The Youth Banner family.

 

Charity Gichobi is an Entrepreneurship Trainer and Coordinator at The Youth Banner

You may also like THIS ARTICLE about youth rights or DONATE to our cause!
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OPINION: Do the youth really know their rights?

The Kenyan General Elections came to pass on the 8th of August 2017, with leaders chosen to represent different elective seats being determined by the power of the vote. Out of the total number of registered voters countrywide, 51% were aged below 35 years, thus confirming that majority of the decision makers in this recent elections were the youth! In addition to this fact, it is also important to note that those aged between 18 and 35 make up approximately 75% of Kenya’s population, and unfortunately a large percentage of this population is unemployed and feel marginalised in terms of access to opportunities, representation and participation.

With that in mind, the question that arises is whether the youth who voted in these leaders know their economic and business rights, and opportunities as enshrined in the Kenya constitution. Do we know that these are meant to lead to the realization of employment, representation and protection and involvement in decision making for the welfare of the Kenyan youth?

According to Article 55 of the constitution, the government should undertake affirmative action measures to ensure the youth have access to relevant education, training and employment. It also requires that the state should create and strengthen existing platforms for youth participation in political, social, economic spheres of life and legislate towards this end.

Kenyan youth must fight for their space

More specifically, the rights and opportunities that youth in Kenya should be enjoying can be explained as follows:

  • Right to access the affirmative funds with minimal requirements to start up and individual entrepreneurs as opposed to groups’ access.
  • Right to access the affirmative funds with a friendly interest rate and through financial friendly vehicles
  • Right to safe business working space provided by county and national government at affordable fees and levies
  • Opportunity to increase uptake of the 30% procurement rule through simplification of the tendering documents and processes by the government
  • Participation in and influencing of the policy agenda for adoption of economic policies that provide tax holidays and incentives to youth enterprises for a one-year period from the start of the enterprise
  • Increased awareness on the Innovation fund that is channeled through KIRDI’s Research, Technology and Innovation department and easier accessibility at the county level

 

We now need to put our leaders to task so that they live up to the promises they made during the campaign period, and most importantly to protect and empower US as the youth so that we can drive this country forward. We should also put the young leaders who have been elected to serve in the 12th parliament to task so that they represent the youth interests first before anything else.

Leaders must also listen to our voice through platforms like Jiactivate which prior to the General Elections, presented a youth declaration to representatives of all parties that fielded presidential candidates. This declaration is based on a collective compilation of expressions from youth countrywide and should be used to inform leadership of the rights that the youth are fighting for.

 

Share your thoughts and feedback via communications@theyouthbanner.org and read more about our work HERE. Also, support our campaign to Adopt-A-Digital-Youth.

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Article by:
Job Monyoncho

Knowledge Management & Information Officer

The Youth Banner