Youth in Kwale Receive Livelihood Start-Up Kits
This is a project funded by the European Union under the Emergency Trust Fund (EUTF) for Africa.
“We are very happy to start this journey and are looking forward to earning a living from the livelihood kits we have received today. We had nothing to begin with, no employment,” said Raphael Nkondo. Raphael Nkond is a group leader of one of the 11 youth groups that benefited from livelihood start up kits through support from the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) under the project: Conflict Prevention Peace and Economic Opportunities for the Youth in Kenya.
This is a project funded by the European Union under the Emergency Trust Fund (EUTF) for Africa. The project is aimed at empowering youth to grow into economic and social actors. Its implementation is focused in 8 Counties across Kenya including: Garissa, Mandera, Wajir, Tana River, Lamu, Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale.
The 11 groups are part of 23 youth groups -formed under the project, constituting 15-25 members, in Kwale County. The groups that were part of the event included: Bongwe Gombato Youth Group, Juhudi Youth Group, Kinondo Youth Group, Mabadiliko Youth Group, and Marun group, Mkongani Youth Group, Mwavumbo Youth Group, Ramisi Youth Group, Vanga Youth Group and Waa Ng’ombeni Youth Group
Some of the kits included: Flour mills, event planning and management equipment like, Public Address Systems, chairs, tents, among others. The choice of the start-up kits is informed by Business Plans that the youth groups were tasked to draft with the support of the project team. The findings of a market scan that was conducted in 2017 was also employed in the process to ensuring that the selected business ideas by the youth groups are viable and sustainable.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, KRCS Secretary General, Dr. Abbas Gullet expressed his and urged the youth groups to utilize the resources given to them and focus on building their lives, for a better future. “I am addressing you today as your father, take this opportunity with great seriousness. The future lies in your hands. Today we are empowering you to start-up businesses and become more independent as young people, use this opportunity wisely” Dr. Abbas said in his address to the youth.
Also present was Kwale County Governor, H.E. Salim Mvurya, who urged the youth in the county to embrace self-employment. “This start-up kits will give you good income, and I am urging you to make good use of them. I am committed to empowering the youth in Kwale County and we shall continue supporting you through creating an enabling environment and opportunities,” Salim Mvurya said
A total of 4,500 youth are targeted under the project across the 8 counties. In Kwale County, a total of 380 youth beneficiaries are targeted and already enrolled in the project.
“After a year of training and mentorship to set up and run sustainable income generating activities, we have finally received our start up kits from the Red Cross and the European Union, said Rashid Hemed, Secretary Ramisi Youth Group, with a broad smile on his face. “Ramisi Youth Group Youth Group is committed to growing our business and contributing to the economic growth of our community as a whole. I cannot that you enough, but ask God to bless you.” Hemed added.
One of the expected results under the project is to see a greater number of youth enter the job market as a result of being provided with market oriented skills that better enable them to access economic activities both in formal and informal sector