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Ujuzi Manyattani enable ASAL communities acquire skills to start business

Northern Rangelands Trust’s Ujuzi Manyattani Initiative has helped students among them youth and women to access training in various skills, that will help them start income generating activities.

While presiding over graduation of 140 students in Isiolo, the Principal Secretary (PS), State Department for Technical, Vocational Education and Training, Dr. Esther Thaara Muoria, said Ujuzi Manyattani, an initiative by Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), funded by USAID and ICAP, will uplift the living standard in Arid and Semi-arid (ASAL) counties, through its training programs.

“It is imminent to acknowledge that this model of training, will have a great impact in conferring skills to many youths and women in remote areas of this country, to positively impact on livelihoods of arid people,” PS said

A total of 140 students from Leparua, Cherab, and Garbatula community conservancies, graduated in the various courses, including hairdressing and beauty therapy, motorcycle repair, electrical and solar installation, catering, tailoring, dressmaking, and mobile repair.

The Northern Rangelands Trust, presented them with trading tools, to enable them start up some business.

Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) is also partnering with Kiirua Technical Training Institution and Laikipia North Technical and Vocational College, in training the various people identified by the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)

Muoria rallied the parents in Isiolo County to encourage their young ones to enroll in TVET institutions to gain skills.

Dr. Muoria further noted that Ujuzi Manyattani has made an impeccable contribution in ASAL counties and called on well-wishers, county governments, and development partners to support the initiative.

Ujuzi Manyattani has had massive contributions in ASAL areas, and it is on this note that I wish to call upon people of goodwill, development partners, various County Governments, and the private sector to support this noble initiative. By joining forces, we can pool our resources, expertise, and networks to make this program a resounding success,” said the PS.

Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) projects to train 5,000 youths and women from ASAL counties in various trade areas, in the next two years.

By Justus Anzaya

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