CBOs get entrepreneurship training
11 July 2013, 16:21
More than 4 000 people drawn from 217 community based groups in Nakuru County have benefited from specialized training on entrepreneurship courtesy of a local non governmental organization.
Through Hand in Hand Eastern Africa organisation, the groups have since August last year been undergoing training on social and resource mobilization as well as value addition with a view to eradicating poverty and creating jobs.
The groups' membership is drawn from the youth, middle aged and the elderly.
Speaking in Nakuru during a group leadership training workshop , Hand in Hand chief executive officer Pauline Ngari said that the programme has achieved a lot since its inception in Kenya two-and--a-half years ago.
Ngari said that they formulated a new programme dubbed 'Adult literacy integrated programme' recently, whose aim is to incorporate adult education in entrepreneurship.
“We have also equipped our members with relevant skills that promote value addition to their products mainly in areas such as processing, packaging and quality control,” Ngari pointed.
She added that over 40 000 people have joined the NGO, creating 39 000 jobs countrywide.
She also noted that the programme sponsored by Swedish medical aid and implemented by the group is already being piloted in Kajiado and Makueni counties, having established two offices at Emali and Loitokitok so far.
The NGO has also rolled out its programmes in the eastern province of Rwanda, where Ngari said they anticipate reaching up to 100 000 people and creating 80 000 jobs in the next three years.
Citing lack of enough funding as a major challenge facing the programme, Ngari called on the government and other donors to chip in and provide the necessary assistance in order to help achieve the projected goals.
She singled out Rurii rabbit and flavours youth group in Limuru as one of the successful projects recorded by the NGO.
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