KCB Foundation has today graduated 92 beneficiaries who have completed the first phase of training in hydroponics farming at Miramar International College.
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in a nutrient solution without soil. The training is part of the 2jiajiri programme.
KCB Foundation Managing Director Jane Mwangi said the programme has been a success, and past graduates have teamed up to start commercial farms.
“We chose to focus on hydroponic farming because it’s a smart farming method cognizant of the challenges faced by 21st century farmers. This method is attractive to young people especially because it’s not capital intensive, consumes little space and is not reliant on weather patterns,” she said in a speech read on her behalf by John Waimiri, Senior Manager, Partnerships.
KCB Foundation will then take through the 92 beneficiaries through business development training where they will learn how to run a business.
They will also be taught how to develop business plans that they can then use to take loans from the bank.
KCB Foundation has secured additional Ksh10 billion funding from MasterCard to scale up the 2jiajiri programme.
2jiajiri is the flagship enterprise development and wealth creation programme for the youth, launched in March 2016. The programme seeks to empower 10,000 youth every year to start small businesses that will employ at least 5 people each. This translates to 50,000 jobs for young people directly created through this programme by the end of the 5 years. 2jiajiri works by walking the journey to success with the youth and reaching through 4 key milestones on the path to self-sufficiency namely: technical and vocational training, access to financial services including start-up and working capital, enterprise management support and formal linkages to customers and suppliers in the larger market that ensure long-term sustainability.