Hon. Isaac Mwaura addresses participants at a Business Plan Competition session held at knls Thika Branch in March 2016
A partnership between knls and Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) an international NGO has seen the training of youth in some of the knls branches in different regions. The program targets high school graduates, youth who are out of employment as well as those who have an interest in entrepreneurship. The program has been very effective in impacting the lives of young men and women whom in some cases are disadvantaged. The program introduces young people to essential life skills including self-awareness and reflection modules.
It also introduces them to financial literacy skills, computer skills and basic business skills. by September 2016, a total of 2246 participants had been trained since the inception of the program in June 2014, 1083 of them being female while male participants were 1163. Ten knls branches were involved in the first phase of the program which were Murang’a, Kakamega, Kisii, Kangema, Thika, Kisumu, Nyeri, Nakuru, Buruburu and Dzitsoni. Out of the total participants trained, 22.5% have so far transitioned from training to either employment, further education or entrepreneurship. Through these training knls has raised its profile in the communities served by modelling itself as an empowerment centre.