4 young entrepreneurs will be travelling to Stockholm, Sweden in May to meet other young successful entrepreneurs and exchange ideas on how to grow successful enterprises. The four; Nelson Mureithi, Evelyn Kinyua, Solo Frank and Zachariah Mundia drawn from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in Kenya were feted after emerging winners in a business competition. This is after undergoing a six months business training that aims at inculcating entrepreneurial culture among the youth that is implemented by Hand in Hand Eastern Africa (HiH EA), an NGO that focuses on enterprise and job creation.
HiH EA CEO Pauline Ngari addressing the young entrepreneurs during the business competition
The competition dubbed Hand in Hand Youth Award is aimed at drawing innovative youths aged between 12-25 years into starting self sustaining jobs and avoid been lured into destructive vices such as radicalization and crime.
Three of the youths are running businesses which are helping them earn some money and help their parents in paying school fees for them. Solo Frank, a young entrepreneur from a school in Dandora talks about his innovative idea. “I have come up with an idea dubbed Pharmacy drug based solution system which aims at connecting hospitals and pharmacies by enabling sick patients buy their prescribed drugs online. I believe this will save a lot of lives.”
The project which is running for three years is targeting 7,000 youths and will see the creation of 2800 youth enterprises and 4,000 jobs.
A youth entrepreneur presents his innovative technology to the audience.
Speaking during the event HiH EA CEO, Pauline Ngari noted that many youths out of desperation are engaging in bad vices hence the need to advance the project. “In the recent past, Kenya has experienced a lot of destruction among the youth. Some been recruited into Alshabaab and others falling into the hands of people who want to make money out of them. This project addresses the problem by giving them hope and a concrete means to build sustainable income by unlocking the door to the job market for the youths and raising the status of entrepreneurship through mentorship and entrepreneurship training.”
Evelyn Kinyua a student from Mumbuini Secondary School, Embu County receives her certificate and gift as the other three winners watch look on.