The commissioning of the 2jiajiri youth empowerment program class of 2017 takes place today at the Kasarani Stadium by His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta. This is a great day for 10,000 youths as they commence their journey in entrepreneurship. The 10,000 students in the
#2Jiajiri program in 2017 will be spread across 70 vocational training institutions over 28 counties in Kenya.
The beneficiaries will officially progress to the second phase of the training that includes business incubation through internship and apprenticeship opportunities.
The 2jiajiri program seeks to reduce the youth unemployment rate in Kenya which staggers at 17.3 %, a figure that is higher than their East African counterparts. The aim of the program is to create 250,000 jobs for the youth within its initial 5-year implementation cycle.
2234 students enrolled in the program
Trained in 114 vocational centers spread across the counties
518 established businesses worth funding
270 secured paid internships
1446 currently founding and registering new enterprises
The 2jiajiri program is also aiming at linking these entrepreneurs with business development , advisory services and formal linkages to customers and suppliers.