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Uwezo Fund Kenyan youth vibe

From a Kenyan perspective finances ( access to financial capital) is the key lacking element to jump start the entrepreneurship stalemate. How ever money attracts and it might pull in very well organised spenders who are not neccesarily pro enterprise. So in a set of requirements for access of the funds a risk mitigation structure has been put in place. How do we ensure inclusive access to the funds to the "in need of finance" group sets (youth) beyond RISK mitigation (bottle neck)?

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More than 80% of the youth in kenya are employed in agricultural related enterprises and processes, however the infrastucture gap places the "knowlegable minds" (education levelwise)  in urban setting mostly in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru.and other small town centers . 75 percent of the Kenyan population is rural, and the eductation instutions and "formal" employment entities are clustered in urban centers attracting a large chunk of this young fellows to a hopful employment prospect in these centers. This creates a youth bulge and lower their employment probabilities as employers have a lager pool to vet againist the existing low creation rates of employment options. 
Existing Cultural pressure is for an office job as opposed to a self starting approach. How do we help the young people develop the creative confidence to put the skills they already  have (aquired) to work ( own enterprises) ?

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Interesting insights around rural vs urban divide, Wekesa. We look forward to what you and others here will come up with around this issue for our upcoming Ideas phase. Meanwhile, you might like to look through and collaborate on other posts coming through in our Research phase with this in mind – as a way of inspiring your onwards thinking.