Just recently, KCB Foundation launched the 2jiajiri program in which Kenyan youth entrepreneurs aged 18-34 would benefit from a five year empowerment program of ksh 50 billion.
Yesterday, the Barclays Bank of Kenya launched a Citizenship Investment Agenda in which the bank is investing Sh230 million that will see 70,000 Kenyan youths start successful businesses, create employment or find meaningful work.
The “ReadytoWork” flagship programme prepares young people for the world of work by providing online courses on a range of people, work, entrepreneurial and money skills.
Under Education and Skills, the bank will equip the next generation with the skills and development they need to secure employment.
Under the Enterprise Development pillar, Barclays Bank of Kenya will help young people start, run and grow their businesses in order to generate income and employment. Under the Financial Inclusion pillar, Barclays will enter into partnerships to facilitate the development of technology that will promote inclusive banking models in order to increase access to financial services to the underserved.
The bank will therefore partner with Strathmore University, the University of Nairobi, Shining Hopes for Communities (SHOFCO) and Technoserve among others to implement the three pillared projects.
To be part of the projects, students only need to sign up for modules accessible on the Barclays portal (http://www.barclays.co.ke).