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.
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.
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.