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AGRIBUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING AMONG WOMEN AND YOUTHS IN KAKAMEGA TOWN

I am an enterprise development and management consultant and a lead youth mentor

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Kenya has a population of over 40, 000, 000 (2010 census), and majority of this population are youths between the ages of 1-35 years. The potential contributions of young people in Kakamega are compromised by a host of challenges including but not limited to unemployment, high vulnerability to poverty, low-value orientation, restiveness, increasing level of drug addiction and usage, ageneral breakdown in moral values and norms. In the co Most training programs run by most NGO’s in western Kenya are not specific to local resources, local needs, and local talents and aspirations. Rather, the training is given in a particular area which is already saturated for example driving schools, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Vocational skills like tailoring, computer, etc.. These programs do not facilitate the transformation of underdeveloped youth into individuals who see a new perspective for their future and into people who can harness their creativity. This is the sole reason Wakwetu youth group intends to tap into the most important yet ignored in Kenya and that is agriculture and creative arts. Over the years our leading exports have been agricultural products, yet we have not trained our youths on importance and opportunities available in agriculture, instead, we have left it in the hands of a few rich people in the country to exploit it and also exploit youths and women in the process. We as Wakwetu youth group intend to train youths and women on creative arts, agriculture,

Geography of focus (500 characters)

this project will take place in Kakamega county Kenya, this is because it is ranked second in terms of the population where most youths and women continue to struggle with unemployment and exploitation in agriculture

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

Wakwetu youth group expects the following impact at the end of the 12 months period of this project: 60 youths and women in Kakamega county, Kenya, would receive relevant entrepreneurship and social skills that would facilitate self-development. Through this program, we hope to educate at least 1200 young people about agriculture, leadership, entrepreneurship and good governance. The overall impact of this project is to foster the following skills and leadership competencies in young people:

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

the sole reason Wakwetu youth group intends to tap into the most important yet ignored in Kenya and that is agriculture and creative arts. Over the years our leading exports have been agricultural products, yet we have not trained our youths on importance and opportunities available in agriculture, instead, we have left it in the hands of a few rich people in the country to exploit it and also exploit youths and women in the process. We as Wakwetu youth group intend to train youths and women on creative arts, agriculture, and agribusiness

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

Kakamega county used to be the headquarters of the western region in Kenya before the new constitution, an area well known for agriculture but these agricultural practices have slowly deteriorated and the effects are being felt national wide not so long ago Kenya could feed itself but in recent years the government has been forced to import maize(our stable food) something that never happened in the yesteryears. we also rely on our neighboring country Uganda for eggs supply yet culturally the entire country knows that poultry farming is best practiced in Kakamega. the project intends to bring back sustainable agribusiness practices in the area and also offer youths self-employment through art and bread work using recycled materials thus conserving the environment

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

Kenya has a population of over 40, 000, 000 (2010 census), and majority of this population are youths between the ages of 1-35 years. The potential contributions of young people in Kakamega is compromised by a host of challenges including but not limited to unemployment, high vulnerability to poverty, low value orientation, restiveness, increasing level of drug addiction and usage, general breakdown in moral values and norms. In the competitive culture today, more youth are confused and does not know what life holds to them. As a result of this, and also because of the uncertain future, Kenyan youth are pushed to engage in criminal livelihood sources such as cultism, stealing, lying, idleness, disrespect at all levels, high level of sexual activities and other social vices. All these make young people to live a life without focus.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

kakamega county is the second largest in population in Kenya after the capital city Nairobi with over one million people living in Kakamega. most of the people are youths and women who continue to face challenges like unemployment and cultural barriers among women/girls in the society. women in Kakamega are mostly housewife and only a few are employed either by the government or non-govermental organizations. the big chunk of youths and women practice small scale farming. its an area with a lot of educated youths but have no employment

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

the project targets this already marginalized group of young people and women in the community, we intend to offer agribusiness training to small scale farmers around Kakamega and also mentor young women and men on art and bread work skills which they can use to earn income and even be self-employed

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

we intend to work with local women groups around Kakamega and on this, we have already trained one group called sherere caregivers on agribusiness practices(poultry farming). this is a group that is responsible with taking care of people that are infected or affected with HIV and AIDs in Kakamega

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Other

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Platform: Creating a community or market that facilitates interaction between users and resources

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Pilot: We have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users. The feasibility of an innovation is tested in a small-scale and real world application (i.e. 3-15% of the target population)

Group or Organization Name

WAKWETU YOUTH GROUP

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Wakwetu youth group first started as a table banking group where members could pool their funds together and lend to one member to start a venture this will go on until all members were funded to start their respective ventures. The group has over the years adapted to the market dynamics in terms of innovativeness and the ever-changing market demands. We now focus on four major areas; table banking, agribusiness (dairy and poultry), street children awareness campaign and creativity (hand and bid work) work for women and youths.

Website URL:

https://wakwetuyouths.wixsite.com/website

Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

Organization Headquarters: Country

Kenya

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Kakamega

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Amazing work BRIAN WAMUKOTA 

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thank you

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