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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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Photo of Udoka Inwang
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Amazing work BRIAN WAMUKOTA 

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thank you

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Hello MBRIAN WAMUKOTA, we at NDEF Cameroon have read with interest your idea striving to liaise biodiversity conservation and environmental concerns with agribusiness development for youths and women in Kenya.
We feel that you could adopt agroforestry practices to better deliver a package encompassing food crops, tree crops and small livestock with man at the centre. A juxtaposition of these components would lead to symbiotic relationships with mutual benefits. Food crops would provide short term benefits; small ruminants would provide benefits in the medium term while tree crops would provide benefits in the long term. Useful trees serve as the farmers’ insurance cover (pension).

On tree planting still, you could adopt vegetative propagation techniques such as grafting and air-layering to produce fruit tree seedlings which deliver fruits in two to three years after planting. In this way, young persons (who are often not patient enough to wait for a long time) will get results of their agribusinesses sooner than later. Nkeng Pius (Executive Director)

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thank you for your input i really appreciate it. let me have a read on the agroforestry to understand it deeper then i will get back to you

Photo of Uchenna Okafor
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Hi BRIAN WAMUKOTA! It is indeed unique to design solution for neglected but important aspect of survival. Yes, it is a clear indication of thinking outside the box, beyond the prevailing conventions. In a deeper thoughtfulness, is there any provision to accommodate disabled persons in this design? Trust me, the deaf, blind, dumb, lame, etc are always characterized by unemployment, extreme poverty, destitution, street begging, and the most vulnerable of all times; therefore also vulnerable to drug addiction at any slightest chance. Just think about it.

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thank you Mr. Okafor it is true on the issue of disabled person as it is a great concern for us. and yes i have accommodated them in this project and i have even gone further to training a group of deaf young women and men on their role in policy making. let me upload the video on youtube then i will share the link with you here

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Bonjour, belle initiative.

Photo of Bremley Lyngdoh
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Hi BRIAN WAMUKOTA I understand that your country Kenya is a critical hub for refugees mainly from the Horn of Africa and South Sudan and currently hosts more than 400,000 refugees, most of them at the Dadaab refugee complex, in Garissa County. Most of the refugees in Kenya are Somalis who fled after the 1991 collapse of the Somalia government and the onset of civil war that displaced about 1.1 million Somalis who fled to Kenya and Ethiopia. The onset of the second Sudanese civil war in the early 2000s led to an influx of Sudanese refugees to Kakuma refugee camp, in northern Kenya, throughout that year and from 2005 all the way to 2011. I believe your Government has been planning to shut the Dadaab camp, which now hosts more than 300,000 refugees as there are many complex issues on the ground. I understated you want to your project to address the needs of young people Kakamega county so are there are Internally Displaced People there right now? If so perhaps you can integrated your project idea to address their needs together with the needs of the host community in Kakamega county.

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Bremley Lyngdoh  thank you its true the facts you shared but our area of operations is in the western part of the country bordering Uganda so unfortunately we dont have any refugees here

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hello, @Ashley, our main focus is the displaced women and families from the 2007 post-election violence in Kenya. in my country women and youths are also considered as a marginalized group so we advocate and empower this groups

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Dear Brian
Consider producing kits and how-to training for Aquaponics. Aquaponics is a combination of fish farming and hydroponics. It's the current term for how to reuse most all the water (near-zero wastewater from your fish farm).
Consider coordinating with:
Kagalula with "Bamboo Water Tank" because your Aquaponics kits don't need to involve concrete tanks.
NDEF with "Enhancing NDEF..." for economy of scale on both your projects and
Jonathan with "Sani-Initiative" because Jonathan adds economy of scale to non-concrete tanks.

I suspect the bamboo tanks need a plastic liner. (And a plastic liner needs structural support.) The structural support might be: above-grade bamboo; reinforced earth berms (near vertical); un-reinforced earth (mound of dirt); or water contained by AquaDam: https://www.aquadam.net/.

Photo of Udoka Inwang
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Amazing work

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Hi BRIAN WAMUKOTA great to have you in the Challenge!

This challenge is specifically focusing specifically on people who have been displaced, can you share more details specifically about how your work will support people who have been displaced? Who are they? What are their specific hopes, dreams, fears, needs?

If you haven't done so yet, I'd recommend also taking a little time to dive into the Challenge Brief: https://bit.ly/2LbtI5d and evaluation criteria: https://bit.ly/32jkCIM.