Hi Daniel, Thank you for your comment. First I would like to say that refugees can own a business in urban areas especially Nairobi its legal. The secondary education system is very expensive in Nairobi thus once most of the young people complete the free primary education tend to drop out. This target is the target group will identify and identification will be through existing community structures. Definitely, refugees who complete the apprenticeship and are ready we would give them start up capital, mentor and monitor them and then link them to other financial institution like KIVA to grow their businesses.
Hi Jessica- Thank you, I have 5 years experience implementing Livelihoods program with refugees but mainly established businesses not necessary the youths. I have been able to help over 500 refugees start and expand their businesses and these are some of the beneficiaries I will be contacting to provide apprenticeship. I have never experienced a case of xenophobic attack but harassment by officials cuts across refugees and locals operating businesses. Although the client is not favorable we have been able to do a lot of Advocacy with UNHCR and other agencies to government officials and they have accepted refugees to legally register their businesses and even access Kenya Revenue Authority Personal Identification Numbers which is very impressive.