The Tumaini Initiative is an innovative year-long technical textile design and self-development business training program that will over 5 years enable 180 people across 4 areas of Kenya to start their journey out of generational poverty. Individuals will be certified in a market demand skill set and placed into ethical jobs with us or with one of our vetted partners, allowing them to take that first step towards financial and social stability.
In Kenya, 6.6% of the population was unemployed as of 2021, with Mombasa's unemployment rate as high as 49%. Those who do have jobs often live below the poverty line due to unpredictable wages. These workers lack the funds for safe shelter, child education, and necessary healthcare. Such individuals are in constant survival mode and are unable to dream of a life without poverty. This mindset leads to a generational cycle and a nation-wide barrier to economic growth.
Other nonprofits struggle to make a sustained impact in Kenya communities because they fail to address the well-being of the whole person. Fair wages are not enough to address poverty, if mothers for example are too busy caring for their children to earn them. By combining comprehensive training with support programs, our trainees will be able to focus entirely on their own development whilst knowing their basic needs are cared for.
After giving artisans training and dignified work, we believe they will take charge of their journey out of poverty and inspire others to do the same. By bringing more skilled workers into Kenya's workforce, the country's population will be able to support and employ one another, igniting a ripple effect movement of positive change. This in turn will break the generational cycle of poverty and create economic development and growth that will fight back against Kenya's widespread poverty.