More than 176 vulnerable young women between the ages of 18 and 24 graduated last week in the fields of plumbing, electricity and painting. This was after undergoing training to improve their employability and build technical manpower in Nairobi and Kiambu counties.
Through a 30 million shillings partnership between the Family Group Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Tumikia Mtoto Project, the initiative provides labor market links to 176 young women who have completed the program, while 100 young women are tasked with joining the next cohort.
“As a financial institution, we recognize that the gender gap in financial inclusion remains high, with a report from the African Women’s Development Fund estimating it at $42 billion ($4.9 trillion). shillings) for women in Africa,” said Rebecca Mbithi, CEO of Family Bank.
“We want to not only empower young women, but enable them to empower others as we drive financial inclusion and sustainability. With these skills, we enable these young women to start businesses and develop strong entrepreneurial skills.”
This project provides young adults with technical training and access to labor markets, financing and links with other strategic partners.
“The program has helped equip the current 176 graduates with the knowledge and skills to fully participate in Kenya’s economy, in areas such as plumbing, painting and electricity,” said Eric Watnik, Deputy Ambassador of the United States Embassy, Charge d’Affaires.
The partnership also aims to increase household economic stability to care for and protect orphans and vulnerable children, as well as build the capacity of community systems and structures through hands-on soft and technical skills training.
The training is combined with practical technical skills training certified by the National Industrial Training Authority and the National Construction Authority and implemented by Arc Skills, provider of skills development solutions for schools, universities and businesses.