Youth Urged to Nurture Entrepreneurial Culture

Amb. Mahboub Maalim (center) is flanked by Ms. Monica Kimani, Dr. Allan Mugambi, Prof Ngugi Karanja (left) and Mr. Geoffrey Kilonzo and Ms. Lilian Gachoki (right)

Kenyan youth have been urged to take up entrepreneurship as a way of boosting the economy through more job creation and promoting the uptake of smart innovations.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Start and Improve Your Business Training program for Trainers (ToT), the JKUAT Chair of Council, Amb. Maalim Mohammed commended participants for undertaking the training organized by the International Labor Organization (ILO).

“I applaud JKUAT for facilitating the delivery of this course because partnerships are the way to go. As most of us can attest, economic growth is anchored on entrepreneurship and there is a need for such courses to bolster the intrinsic desires that people might have toward business,” said Amb. Maalim.

Amb. Maalim further called upon the trainees to be empathetic as entrepreneurs. This he noted, will build a positive entrepreneurial culture in the country whose peaceful environment has enabled businesses to thrive. This he added, should not be taken for granted.

Rev. Joyce Kariuki, one of the 16 trainees expressed her delight in having had the opportunity to undergo training under the globally recognized course facilitated by Mr. Geoffrey Kilonzo and Ms. Monica Mwangi who are Master Trainers from the Institute of Certified SIYB Trainers Africa (ICSTA).

Rev. Joyce Kariuki during the closing ceremony

“I have gained immense knowledge throughout the intense 10-day training and I look forward to becoming a catalyst of change. Female clergy are expected to behave a certain way, but I believe that we can use business as a tool to help realize our dreams and therefore be accountable to God. SYIB is a seed, and I am determined to nurture the business acumen of the church,” she observed.

Dr. Allan Mugambi, an alumnus of the course, commended the different methodologies employed by the trainers in teaching entrepreneurship, hailing the course whose demand he said was also growing.

Since his training, Dr. Mugambi has organized ten training sessions for women in Narok and Migori, providing opportunities for empowering women in ways that are contrary to the norm.

JKUAT lecturers namely, Prof. Karanja Ngugi, Dr. Rose Litunya and Dr. Tobias Olweny also attended and benefited from SYIB; praised the program, noting its usefulness in the context of massive layoffs due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr. Geoffrey Kilonzo, an author of several titles on entrepreneurship, appreciated JKUAT’s role in facilitating the course, which reduced the training costs for the participants and enabled them to learn in an institution that championed entrepreneurship training and innovations.

Mr. Kilonzo described the SYIB program as a structured, unique course designed with the principles of adult education. This accommodates busy professionals while guaranteeing immediate utilization of the skills learnt.

The modules under the SYIB which include business planning, and marketing among others, have enabled businesses to package their ideas and therefore secure funding from various donors.

So far, the program has been implemented in refugee camps, banks, and non-governmental organizations among others. The next cohort is expected to start training in the last week of November.

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