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Here’s Where Kenyan Youth Can Get Free Training & Funding for their Businesses

Article by Maureen Kasuku
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Posted: October 22, 2020  

Are you between the ages of 18-35? Are you interested in working in or establishing a business in Agriculture, Construction or Manufacturing? KCB want’s to help you out with their Niko Waks Programme.

The programme targets applicants within the small and micro enterprises in Kenya spread across 3 economic sectors of:

  • Agriculture (Hydroponic Farming) – Miramar International College (MIC) will train the beneficiaries  and offer the beneficiaries offtake contracts for their produce. In addition, MIC will source for suitable land for the construction of the greenhouses for its beneficiaries by spearheading negotiations with land owners and subsequently registering lease agreements at the Ministry of Lands for a period of 61 months.
  • Construction –  Beneficiaries will train at Arc Skills and will get construction contracts from agribusiness beneficiaries to construct the greenhouses envisaged under this project.
  • Manufacturing –  Beneficiaries will train under Gearbox a manufacturing incubator that trains Jua-Kali artisans and graduate engineers. In this programme, beneficiaries will receive orders to manufacture various greenhouse parts, such as pipes, troughs, nuts, bolts and other fittings for the agribusiness beneficiaries.

Scholarship eligibility criteria

Be aged between 18 – 35 years

  • Have a National ID
  • Be able to read and write
  • Commit to attend a 3-month training in the participating technical training institutions provided
  • Be able to register a business that will be owned by two beneficiaries*
  • Have a clean CRB report. Those without should demonstrate commitment to attain clean status within a month upon joining the programme.
  • Be able to demonstrate that you can directly manage the business as owner operators.

Interested? Apply here

About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life

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