“By the time I enrolled for the Youth Economic Empowerment Training, my business was on the verge of collapsing but from the training, I learnt how to keep records and manage profits. I used the grant I was given to increase the stock for my business and since then my profits have doubled.”Marion.
Marion is a grocery seller in Gatwekera.
"The training and finances I received from Garden of Hope Foundation were very impactful. I learnt how to keep records, and manage profits. I used the loan to buy more quality materials which I could not afford earlier. My customer base has increased as well as my profits’’. Janet.
Janet is a small scale tailor at Bombolulu.
We trained 40 youth in two cohorts on 5 different business management areas. These areas were: record keeping, resource assessment, market research, feasibility study, and sustainability. We also included soft technical skills like home-made detergent, home-made bleach, fabric softener, and value addition of potatoes and bananas into crisps that can lead to income generation. After the training, the participants understood the importance of putting into practice what they were taught and were in a position to keep records, conduct market research and feasibility study, and do resource assessment for their businesses.
Youth who benefited from the business financial support formed a self-help group (chama) which has helped to support their business needs. We invite you to partner with us and support 40 more youth who would like to go through the program. Supporting the
John is the first born in a family of 5. He graduated from high school in 2021 with hopes of joining University. However, things did not turn out as expected. John did not score the minimum grade that would enable him to join college or university.
"I was hopeful, my parents were hopeful. I really wanted to become a doctor. I knew that this dream would help get our family out of poverty. When things did not turn out as expected, I was frustrated. My hopes vanished" John shared.
John decided to start working at a nearby restaurant. This was the only way he could continue supporting his family. " One of my colleagues at the restaurant shared a poster he had come across. The poster had details of an economic empowerment training by Garden of Hope Foundation"
In Jan 2022, John enrolled in our program. After 3 months of training. He successfully graduated. During the training, John developed a business proposal worth $ 150 . Luckily, after a pitching competition his business was funded in April.
John currently employs 10 staff, he runs a food delivery business that delivers food in Kibera.
Your support has continued to ensure youth like join continues to be productive in the community.
"When I received my final high school results, tears rolled down my cheek and I though that I would never go back to school again or find meaningful ways to support my community. I had hopes of becoming a doctor. I was inspired to pursue this career after I saw many people die from my village becuase they could not access medical support on time. Now that dream is Vanished"
For many High School students like Caleb who graduated from High School in April, everything seemed deam. Caleb tried the best he could in school with the resources available to him, but unfortunately his grades were not enough to take him to college or university. Caleb comes from a family of 6, he is the third born. His parents earn less than $ 4 a day, making it difficult for him and his siblings to access quality education.
Caleb was introduced to our leadership and entrepreneurship program by a friend. The program equips high school graduates with sustaibable economic empowerment skills in order for them to create employment for themselves. "This was a great opportunity to figh back" Caleb narrates.
"Since I joined the program in May, I have been able to learn computer packages, introduction to entrepreneurship, leadership and photography. I feel like I have various options to continue supporting my community as a result of the program offered by Garden of Hope Foundation. I look forward to graduating from the program soon. Don't give up in life as long as there is still possible opportunity for you to make something out of it" Caleb smiles as he finishes the interview.
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