Project Description


Using the participatory methodology of community asset mapping, Mugunda organized a youth-focused meeting, which included church leaders, community leaders and ward-level government officials, to discuss how they could best support youth development and economic opportunity.

The Community asset mapping exercise enabled Mugunda to:

  1. understand the full range of services, talents and infrastructure available to youth
  2. improve support services for youth by integrating or combining services from multiple systems, and
  3. develop new services and programs to overcome existing gaps.

The exercise helped mobilize a response to youth needs in the area, identifying key activities, such as:

  • Youth Skills and Opportunity Survey
  • A Community Mentors program
  • Linking Technical Training to Local Economies
  • Engaging Youth in Community Development

Additional Resources

Youth Engagement


Mugunda’s economy is largely agrarian, and there is a huge opportunity for job creation in small-scale farming. The community plans to attract youth back to agricultural jobs by engaging them in “smart farming” activities, run by local experts in the community and supplemented with Internet learning about new technology and modern farming methods. The plan, identified through community asset mapping, emphasizes a decentralized or “clustered village” approach to reach as many young people as possible, including those in livelihood enhancement/vocational programs.

Small-Scale Farmers
Billion for Smart Agriculture
Job Opportunity


Polytechnical School

Nairutia Youth Polytechnic in Nyeri, included in ZiziAfrique Foundation’s Ujana360 program and supported by the Porticus Foundation, provides vocational training to Mugunda’s youth. It is working to update its curriculum, ensuring local youth are acquiring relevant high-quality knowledge and skills to equip them to grow their own business and stay competitive in today’s job market.

Youth Mentors

A range of local, national, and global “mentors” are being mobilized to work with Mugunda youth on life-skills needs identified by youth facilitators and volunteers. These skills include: (1) life planning; (2) personal savings; (3) starting/maintaining small businesses; (4) public speaking; (5) social media and fund-raising for community development.

Income-generating Projects

An unintended, positive outcome of Mugunda’s community asset mapping was that 13 of the 17 youth who participated in the exercise also began new income-generating activities. Their projects reflect the realities of the local agrarian economy and include collective marketing groups, water conservation measures, bee keeping, and chicken farming.

Youth Unemployed
Million for Entrepreneurs
More Vocational Training


Your tax-deductible donation will have a huge impact in Mugunda and its surrounding villages for generations to come. You can choose to make a general donation to the community or contribute to a specific project: