This project about safeguarding the future livelihoods of 200 young people across Kericho county through business trainings, resources and the back up support they need to manage income generating activities successfully. The project will provide them with a 3 day business workshop, 1 day follow up workshop, a network of support meetings and resources to enable them engage in new business opportunities. Armed with skills and knowledge they will be the generation to break the cycle of poverty.
In 2020, lockdown measures responding to COVID-19 kept young people out of school for 10 months, many did not return. Most of those in the workforce had informal jobs selling vegetables by the roadside, farming, running motorcycle taxis - areas devastated by the pandemic. 63% of Kericho county population is under 25 years of age with 19% between 15 and 24 years. Social issues are increasing - their future is endangered as they are left to drift and become part of COVID-19 'lost generation'.
Participation in the business training course will provide knowledge and skills to the young participants and develop their confidence and abilities. They will learn how to identify local business opportunities and how to access funding. They will be supported in developing a business plan and a year later take part in a 1 day peer support workshop. Groups will be provided with the materials needed to set up income generating projects such as bee-keeping, poultry rearing, tailoring, farming.
Gaining skills and knowledge that can be put into practice will empower young people and provide the incentive to make their own way. There will be less young people fall victim to alcohol and drug abuse and the rate of teenage pregnancy that increased during COVID-19 will reduce. The standard of living will increase for households across Kericho county. Providing young people with an independent means of income is vital to reducing poverty and creating sustainable, lasting change.