Education  Kenya Project #51273

Create business opportunity for 200 young Kenyans

by Brighter Communities Worldwide
Create business opportunity for 200 young Kenyans
Create business opportunity for 200 young Kenyans
Create business opportunity for 200 young Kenyans
Create business opportunity for 200 young Kenyans
Create business opportunity for 200 young Kenyans
Create business opportunity for 200 young Kenyans
Create business opportunity for 200 young Kenyans
Create business opportunity for 200 young Kenyans
Create business opportunity for 200 young Kenyans
Create business opportunity for 200 young Kenyans
Create business opportunity for 200 young Kenyans
Create business opportunity for 200 young Kenyans
Create business opportunity for 200 young Kenyans
Create business opportunity for 200 young Kenyans
Create business opportunity for 200 young Kenyans
Create business opportunity for 200 young Kenyans
Receiving seeds to start coffee plant nursery
Receiving seeds to start coffee plant nursery

Thank you so much for your support of this project.  Right now, the news in Kenya is that case numbers of COVID-19 are on the rise and mandatory use of facemasks indoors has returned.  Further restrictions are bound to follow.  Each wave causes more disruption to people trying to earn a living, the war in Ukraine is impacting prices of every day items globally and in Kenya they are spiralling - for example, a kilo of flour cost 80kes in January and is now costing 200kes.  Add climate change and it's impact on crops this year and there is a perfect storm of COVID-19, conflict and climate change threatening lives and livelihoods in Kericho county.  Your support of this project is so vital and very much appreciated.

So far this year, 20 business training courses have been delivered to 20 income generating groups which included 169 youths.  

Resources to set up income generating activities have been issued to each of the groups and these included coffee plant seeds, tree nursery tools, goats, sheep, chickens and safety clothing for bee keeping.  325 people from the 20 groups trained benefit from the resources including 185 youths.

8 were held with 188 participants including 43 youths and these meetings provide the following - 

  • Bring similar business activities together to share with each other
  • Marketing  of Business ideas
  • Social interactions and business Ideas inventions
  • Feedback from the community

One business follow up meeting was completed with 16 people participating including 5 youths.  There are 19 more planned to take place. Follow up is very important to track the impact of the training delivered, see progress of the income generating project, take feedback from those involved, consider challenges and possible solutions, lean about the benefits to the community, plan for the future, take new requests from the community.

Members of the groups say - 

“The Income Generating resources support to the group was a very brilliant idea, the supported groups now have income” Sharon 

“Many groups have learned that team work and good planning makes a business viable, thanks to Brighter Communities worldwide for bring Business training to our community” Robert 

Network meeting with sheep farming
Network meeting with sheep farming
Group receiving chicks for income generating
Group receiving chicks for income generating
Kapsorok motorcycle taxi group at business network
Kapsorok motorcycle taxi group at business network
BeeKeeping group with a volunteer visiting from UK
BeeKeeping group with a volunteer visiting from UK
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Leaders of the Quarum Self Help group
Leaders of the Quarum Self Help group

Let me paint you a picture ...  during the past 2 years, life for 63% of the population where we work has included -  not being able to go to school, working in informal jobs with no future or security, getting in trouble, getting sick, losing their jobs, becoming a mother unexpectedly, being subjected to violence at home - all happening to girls and boys not yet 25 years old.   With 63% of the population of Kericho county under 25 and 19% between 15 and 24 years of age, life as a teenager through the pandemic is full of challenges as the pandemic continues and hopes and dreams fade into the distance.

Thanks to you and your support of this project, there is light and a brighter future for the many groups who are getting access to these business trainings and resources and getting work and income set up for themselves.  Quarum Self Help group is one example - they are a registered youth group with 15 members.  They do - merry go round savings scheme with short term loans and farming with poultry rearing as their main activity.  Together they have installed a poutry house and bought 10 hens to get started.  The support and encouragement they give each other will see them through these difficult times.

Kapsorok Boda Boda Drivers Self Help group is another example - a Boda Boda is a motorbike taxi.  From the outset of the pandemic it was evident that these drivers needed protection against COVID-19 and could also be a means to spread messaging about the importance of handwashing and protective measures against transmission.  Brighter Communities Worldwide provide the drivers with face masks, handwashing facilities, soap, water containers, high visibility vests with COVID-19 messaging printed on the back and sensitisation around transmission and the vaccine rollout.  

The group have 20 members and they heard about these business trainings through this interaction with Brighter Communities.  From their training they are doing merry go round, table banking, short term monthly loans and they have purchased plastic chairs for hiring out as an source of income.  They have continued COVID-19 sensitisation of other drivers and are encouraging them to form income generating groups.  15 of the members are now fully vaccinated.

If you would like to donate again to this project - the next match funding campaign with GlobalGiving is on April 4th to 8th when all donations up to $50 will be match at 50% - and did you know that all new monthly donations will have their first donation matched at 100% after four total payments?

 Thank you so much for your support of these young people! 

Quarum Self Help Group members
Quarum Self Help Group members
Chicken house for poultry rearing
Chicken house for poultry rearing
Kapsorok Boda Boda Drivers Self Help group
Kapsorok Boda Boda Drivers Self Help group
Information posters for passenger stations
Information posters for passenger stations
Information on protection from COVID-19
Information on protection from COVID-19
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Youth group leader Duncan Bett
Youth group leader Duncan Bett

 Thank you for supporting this project safeguarding the livelihoods of 200 young people across Kericho county.

The pandemic is far from over in Kenya where vaccines are slow to arrive and less than 4% of the population are fully vaccinated.  Poverty and unemployment levels continue to rise and support for youth is more important than ever.

Duncan Bett is a community volunteer, a youth leader and the chairperson of Kiramkel Youth Group.  He started the Income Generating Group to bring youths from Koisagat together.

He says the aim of the group is to reduce youth idleness; help create employment; reduce drug abuse among the youths; get many to gain skills in various fields and also help raise school fees.

They started off with merry-go-round meetings where the members put a small sum of money into a ‘pot’ at each meeting, and then at each meeting a different member takes home the ‘pot’.  The money goes ‘round’ and everyone gets their turn for a bigger sum than they could save on their own. Later they registered their group and decided to raise money by growing and selling passion fruit.

Duncan thanks Brighter Communities Worldwide for supporting them with Income Generating resources that has helped the group set up their passion fruit farm.  He says “Togetherness is the key to the success of the group’’

We have continued to provide business trainings to groups over the past number of months and here is a sample of some of the groups and what income generation activity plans they have -

Knobwech self help group do beekeeping as their income generation activity, they received beekeeping equipment including suits and smokers at Kiletien village, Chepseon.  They are very happy and thank Brighter Communities Worldwide for the support.  They say they can now harvest their honey safely and can always do hive inspections without challenges as they have safety suits to wear.

Baraka multi-purpose women’s group is from Ainamoi.  They received poultry feed from Brighter Communities worldwide.  They are very happy as they had a challenge in getting feeds for their chicks and chickens.   

Sitoo women’s group officials received chicks to boost their poultry farming and Sitoo junior group received coffee seeds and potting bags to start up a coffee plant nursery for their income generation activity.

On November 30th, GlobalGiving is giving away one million dollars to non-profits around the world as part of their #MoveAMillion campaign for #GivingTuesday. Your generosity can help us unlock a greater share of those funds!  If you would like to donate to this project again, November 30th is the day to do it so please mark your calendar today!  

Think of how much more can be achieved together to promote income generation at this critical time for youth in Kenya.

Thank you for your support.

Baraka multipurpose womens group
Baraka multipurpose womens group
Sitoo women's group
Sitoo women's group
Sitoo Junior group
Sitoo Junior group
Knobwech Self-help group
Knobwech Self-help group
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Kona Testai womens group
Kona Testai womens group

Thank you so much for supporting our project to deliver business training workshops that will provide people with skills and knowledge to manage income generation activities successfully.  We are delighted to provide you with an update about what has been happening with this project over the past few months.

There have been 17 workshops held this year with a total of 244 participants and 94 of them were youths.  Each workshop ran over 3 days and the course includes – an introduction to Brighter Communities Worldwide; introduction to business concepts and principles; how to identify income generation ideas; a method to developing a business plan; opportunity for groups to share knowledge and experience and develop income generation projects together.

Unfortunately, right now in Kericho county business and income is struggling under a 30 day lockdown as COVID-19 cases are rising and 90% of positive cases have the Delta variant.  Working from home isn’t an option for people who make a living, for example, selling fruit and vegetables they grow as all markets are closed. It's a very dangerous situation and we have launched an emergency appeal. 

We are supporting the communities and the health services with soap, sanitister, gloves and masks and preparing to support the roll out of the vaccination programme once more vaccines arrive in Kenya.  Meanwhile, people are doing the best they can to feed their families but without any financial supports it is a very challenging time.  When there is no work, there is no income.

Some examples of the projects planned by the groups who did the business trainings with us over the last months are – Nauro Women’s group are expanding poultry farming with their money saved in a ‘merry go round’ system; Christ Mission Self Help farming group are going into tomato farming; Chamlogoi women’s group have constructed 2 poultry houses to start their poultry farming project; Tempwet self help group have been saving through table banking and are planning to start a bee keeping projec; Tulwap Lagoi people with disabilities group are interested in rearing chicks for poultry farming; Kapkirer self help group are buying chairs to rent out for community events..

All the groups who took part in the workshops have received the resources they need to start their project.  We hope that the lockdown will not have to extend beyond the 30 days and that all the participants will have success in the long run with their projects.  We will have a 1 day follow up workshop with them in 6 months time to see how they are getting on and what further supports they may need.

We will be participating in the GlobalGiving July Bonus Day Match Fund on Wednesday July 14th.  Donations over €80 will be matched from 2pm (Irish time) on that day and the higher the amount donated, the higher the match while funds last. 

Thank you for your support.

Participant from Kapkirer self help group
Participant from Kapkirer self help group
Participant from Kaptebengwo self help group
Participant from Kaptebengwo self help group
Rirgei physically challenged group
Rirgei physically challenged group
Chair hire income generation project
Chair hire income generation project
Baby chicks for poultry farming
Baby chicks for poultry farming
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Rose Hennessy
Midleton, Cork Ireland
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