At least 184 youths under the Ujuzi TekeTeke programme have received tools of trade from the Makueni County government.
The tools of trade included water tanks, mechanical tool boxes, digital cameras with their stands, water pump generators, hairdressing and salon equipment, and knapsack sprayers.
Makueni Governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana said the beneficiaries had undergone an eight-week life skills training programme where learners were attached to established craftsmen for the on-job training in order to equip them with industrial skills.
The Ujuzi teketeke programme has spent approximately Sh.12million for the training and procurement of the tools of trade supported by the county government.
“The programme will create self- employment for the youth as well as bridge the capital gap, by acquiring tools of work, this initiative is a game changer in Jua kali sector,” said Kibwana while presiding over the event at Makueni Fire Station in Wote.
He added that his administration is committed to empowering youths in the Jua Kali sector that includes catering, barber and saloon, mechanics, plumbing, photography and video production, agribusiness, tailoring and welding.
The governor added that his administration will facilitate one-year business permits to the youths who will start and grow their businesses in the county. “The county government will fully pay a one-year business permit for the youths who will start their businesses in the county,” said Kibwana.
Kibwana disclosed that they have enrolled 800 youths in the county for the 2nd phase to the training programme and encouraged those who have benefited from the initiative to share their skills with others in the community.
By Lilian Mueni and Ronald Rono