Ruth Mwiti owns a salon in Kitengela. Less than 24 months ago she used to be a solo hair dresser in her small Salon earning only KES 15,000 monthly. Today, following the intervention of 2jiajiri programme by KCB Foundation, she has managed to skill 12 women who are interested in hair and beauty as she trains them and hires them when the workflow is high. Her income has increased to KES 23,000 following her tremendous growth and development in the business.
26 years old Charles Gathungu, a plumber by Profession is another successful case of how the informal sector if given proper attention can be the game changer in terms of solving the unemployment crisis in Kenya and beyond. See Gathungu’s full story here.
These are just but a few cases on how KCBs 2jiari programme under the KCB Foundation is restoring dignity in the informal sector.
According to the latest Kenya Country Economic Memorandum report by World Bank, Nearly one in every five Kenyans is unemployed! Despite the report indicating that Kenya’s economy is the fastest growing in this side of East Africa, the unemployment rate seems to reduce at a very slow rate considering that over 800,000 youths graduate into the job market every year.
Nonetheless, with successful cases like that of Ms. Mwiti and Mr. Gathungu there is hope.
Sharing The Knowledge
Being in its second year of operation, the 2jiajiri programme has achieved to educate thousands of young people that white collar jobs do not necessarily mean better pay, better living. Now, the youth and SME owners are able to acquire and grow wealth especially through self-employment. The earlier negative attitude towards the informal sector is slowly being changed.
“To my fellow youths it’s time to stop choosing jobs; Kazi ni Kazi .Today am earning 70 times more than I used to just 12 months ago, and am more professional than I was. Then, I was employed, today I am self-employed. We all have this one thing we like doing. There is absolutely something we are passionate about at an individual level. Let’s turn it into our profession. Let’s stop being job seekers and blaming the government, and let’s turn to becoming job creators” advices Gathungu
Aiming to create atleast 250,000 Jobs in the next 5 years, it is estimated that every cohort of 10,000 young men and women who enroll in the 2jiajiri programme will succeed in creating jobs for another 50,000. This is kind of spirit an commitment has Influenced creation and sustenance of businesses thus reducing the level of unemployment in Kenya which stood at 17.3% as compared to 6% in both Uganda and Tanzania.
In addition, beneficiaries of the programme have had a chance to attend vocational training institutions which help them to gain hands on skills that their colleagues necessarily do not possess. Before, 92% of the graduates had formal education but lacked skills required by the job market.
In a nutshell, through learning on the benefits of being self-employed, acquiring more hands on skills from vocational training institutions, the 2jiajiri programme is sending a message that bringing an end to the unemployment crisis is possible.
Apply For Next Intake
To be part of this programme, all you need to do is apply for the available scholarship position by visiting the website here and fill out the forms
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