Industrial Development and Employment Project
“Livelihood” is a project for the industrial development and employment of young people with disabilities who are unemployed in the Kendu Bay and Homa Bay areas of Western Kenya. Over a period of three years, the project is establishing 70 entrepreneurial groups. Each group has an average of 15 members.
The tool being utilized is training in modest business activities, provided to groups of young people with disabilities. For the participants, the training provides a working knowledge of engagement in business activities and self-employment.
The training includes, among other things, financial administration, marketing, business planning and organizational management. In addition to basic training, the groups receive any needed further training or specialization.
The aim is to get the groups and business activities on sustainable footing by providing support and monitoring their development as far as possible.
The project has directly created livelihood for about 1,000 people. Indirectly, it has generated additional income for many more.
Meanwhile, the trained entrepreneurial groups are functioning as role models for other young people. For many youth, the project has been a starting shot to move forward in life. It has demonstrated how training can motivate participants to try, giving their very best.
The project grants microloans to groups at the initial stage of activities on the principle of table banking. Examples of enterprises that have been established through the project include a moped taxi enterprise, a water transportation business by donkey and cart, hen houses, a beauty parlor, a car wash, a knife sharpener’s enterprise, various kinds of farming, etc.