A total of sixty-two artisan course trainees drawn from different areas in the Coast region have benefitted from part of Ksh 20 million tool kits procured by KCB Foundation in partnership with German International development agency GIZ.
The consignment was to cement the course journey the beneficiaries have been putting up with under a program dubbed as 2jiajiri launched in March 2016.
Speaking during the handing over ceremony of the kits held at Kenya Coast National Polytechnic (KCNP), Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho showered the KCB Foundation with praise for coming up with such a program and pledged to support the initiative.
“I thank KCB Foundation for this important initiative as it is transformative and fits the current job demand and going forward we should design similar future programs for the youths,” added the Governor.
According to the KCB Foundation managing director, Jane Mwangi, there is a need to empower youths through capital financing and agribusiness development training.
Adding that the tool kits will enable them to establish either individual or group based micro-enterprises in the building and construction sector.
“In conjunction with GIZ we have handed over 300 toolkits to youth in different counties since inception bringing us closer to our goal of equipping 580 youths by November,” said Ms. Mwangi.
Under this program, the KCB Foundation targets 580 beneficiaries in Employment and Skills in Eastern Africa.
The KCB Foundation aims at transforming job-seekers into employees by helping them realize their full potential.
Some of the informal sectors under this program include building and construction, automotive maintenance and repair, Beauty and personal care, Domestic services and Agribusiness.
2jiajiri program that was launched in March 2016 as a flagship enterprise and wealth creation program is seeking to empower 10,000 youths every year.