With the Kwale youth empowerment center manager Solomon Kasoa when we paid a courtesy call to discuss partnership opportunities between the department and the Kwale local content project. Our discussion was particularly focused on the Kenya Youth Employment Opportunities – KYEOP World Bank funded project and the various business funding opportunities for youth, women and PWDs within the department.
The KYEOP project has seen more than 1900 youth in Kwale acquire business technical skills such as plumbing, mechanics, catering, ICT, electric and electronic skills. Through the project the youth have also been able to access business funding in form of grants up to KES 40,000 per beneficiary. With such resourceful youth we agreed to collaborate to ensure these youth somehow are successfully linked to the local content HR and value chain economic opportunities within the extractive sector in Kwale. In total Kwale County will have 2500 youth beneficiaries by the end of the KYEOP project. The Local Content Project will therefore keep a database of the beneficiaries and consider them for extra business support services in readiness for current and future extractive sector opportunities and other opportunities in multinational corporations. Other areas for collaboration include utilization of the youth fund which has an LPO financing component as well as Uwezo Fund targeting youth groups, women groups and PWD groups.