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Mombasa youth urged to embrace self-reliance

[Hilwa Fruit Parlour propriators from left; Salim Mohammed Marco and Mohammed Hussein Omar (Husni). Photo/Ahmed Omar].

Youth in Mombasa have been challenged to embrace self-employment so that they overcome the drastic economic challenges they are currently facing.

Youth activists Salim Mohammed Marco said youth are going through tough economic times following job scarcity.

According to Marco, youth should explore all the available opportunities so that they do not remain beggars for the whole of their future lives.

Speaking after launching Hilwa fruit parlour located at Memon Villa areas within Mombasa Central Business district, Marco said youth should use the available funds geared towards enabling them venture into business.


 “It might not be easy but nothing comes easy it’s up to us to take the first step and make things happen,” said Mr. Marco.

Marco one of the proprietors of Hilwa fruit parlour that serves variety of fresh juices, fruits and snacks said youth should take the front lead in solving their economic challenges.

[Young customer enjoying fresh juice at Hilwa fruit parlour. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

He said as youth activists they are also engaging their peers in a bid to empower them.

However, Marco appealed to the county and national government to consider the youth in employment opportunities and awareness forums on how they can initiate their small income generating projects.

Economic challenges

His sentiments were fully backed by his working partners Mohammed Hussein Omar famously known as Husni and Hitham Hamid who appealed to their peers to walk out of desperation and engage in self-reliance activities.

“Small as it could be but your own employment makes you work extra hard to expand and absorb other youth,” said Mr. Omar.

On his part, Hitham noted that youth have suffered drastic economic challenges especially during these unpredicted Covid-19 times.

[The Hilwa fruit parlour located at Memon Villa area in Mombasa’s CBD. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

The three youth activists expressed optimism that their Hilwa fruit parlour project will grow and enable them launch a second branch in a year’s time.

Hilwa fruit parlour has directly employed four youth on fully time employment basis.

It has also enabled other youth earn a living through supply chain in the food sector.