Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Provision of Employability Skills to the Unemployed Youth in Kisumu County.
Explain your project in details:
The main objective of the project is to give the unemployed youth the tools, knowledge and skills to be able to find and utilize sources of livelihoods in the arts and crafts industry. The specific objectives are:- 1. To give the unemployed youth personal development 2. To empower the unemployed youth in selected pathways in the arts and crafts 3. To link and network the unemployed youth with their potential employers and mentors The activities of the project include the following areas:- 1. The project will first identify the unemployed youth, through an enumeration exercise which will take in their background information. 2. Next will be a series of workshops where the unemployed youth will be guided by the personal development trainers. 3. The workshops will go further to expose the relevant pathways of which the participants will pursue in the arts and crafts industry. 4. After the pathways are clearly mapped out for the individual participants; each group of participants will be given the skills, knowledge, behavior and attitude change, and experiences in the chosen pathways. 5. The participants will be linked to mentors and employers for apprenticeships after which they could get self employed or work for the project. For the innovative approaches of the project, there will be consideration of three key areas:- First, the project is entirely composed of a social impact approach of solving the problem of youth unemployment and the danger it poses, but through arts and crafts. Second, there are plans of putting in place mechanisms of recycling, reusing and reducing on the raw materials. Lastly, the project will put in place an active system of participatory planning and action for the stakeholders.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Being idle makes most of these unemployed youth indulge in drugs and substance abuse. It follows that crime will increase ranging from muggings, shoplifting, pick-pocketing, and on the worst case scenario being robbery. The same youth are so vulnerable that they are often being misused during the electioneering period, where they are given a little money with cheap liquor to go and cause mayhem. They go and attack rival camps who have also been given little money with cheap liquor and before you know, very many cases of violence and assault are reported and this is not right, and hence the project will focus on addressing these problems as broken down and turn these negative incidences into success stories. The project falls under Sustainable Development Goal 8:- Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all having targets 8.2 Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labor-intensive sectors , 8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services, 8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value, 8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training and finally 8.9 By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products.
Sustainability and future plans
The business will generate revenue from the training fees for the development of skills and knowledge for artists and artisans; interior designing fees; and lastly capacity building the artists and artisans in the making of crafts and artworks, of which when sold, earns revenue to the social enterprise, and provides salaries and wages to the artists and artisans. The targeted customers are generally homes, offices and industries, and in specific high end hotels, tourists, among others. The project will put in place an active business department to handle entrepreneurship related issues for the crafts and artworks made. Currently the sources of funding and resources are from family and friends. The plans for future growth include putting in place training, seminars and workshops to encounter current and emerging issues and this will be continuous for the stakeholders. There will be empowerment to build the capacities of monitoring, evaluation and reporting; knowledge and learning management; and strategic management. Lastly seeking grants, partnerships and other financial instruments to enable the project cover a bigger scope and context.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am currently 27 years old, I studied Bachelor of Science in Community Development at Egerton University for my undergraduate; and for my post graduate studies, I am currently completing Masters in Project Planning and Management at The University of Nairobi. Adding on, I am currently facilitating Startup for Social Entrepreneurship for an non-governmental organization called Digital Opportunity Trust, where I started through a Youth Leadership Program and I have improved on my 21st century skills, innovative capacity and broader understanding of projects. I have also volunteered with Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project, a government parastatal, where I worked with Community Driven Development Groups in their projects for which they received grants from The World Bank. From these organizations, I have improved on my attributes of being a team player, sensitivity and decisiveness.If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes then learn how to do it later! an inspirational quote by Richard Branson has always kept me going on and moving to greater heights. Along the way growing up I have always involved myself in agribusiness, normal shop business and sale of clothes.