KCB targets 10,000 youth to benefit with “2jiajiri” Programme that kicks off today.


KCB Foundation will from today kick off the recruitment of beneficiaries into their “2jiajiri” programme across the country.

The recruitment is targeting 3,000 out-of-school youths and 7,000 individuals operating micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

The 3,000 youths will be trained at various technical training institutions in Nairobi, Embu, Murang’a, Nakuru, Kilifi, Marsabit, Kajiado, Machakos, Siaya, Kiambu, Busia and Kakamega counties while 7,000 individuals will be tapped through KCB Bank branches across the country targeting MSMEs and apprentices.

The KCB Foundation has launched recruitment of beneficiaries for 2jiajiri programme2jiajiri is a flagship programme of the KCB Foundation that seeks to create jobs and wealth through targeted skills development in the informal sector. 

The recruitment is open for scholarships under 2jiajiri as well as the Skills and Enterprise Development project implemented in partnership with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).

Interviews will be conducted across the country from 7th to 15th January 2019 after which the successful applicants will commence studies running between three to six months at the respective institutions from 21st January 2019.

Registration application forms are available at selected KCB branches in the listed counties’ participating training institutions or can be downloaded from the KCB Foundation website www.kcbgroup.com/foundation.

Interviews shall  be conducted between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm at the respective technical training institutions.

Last month, the KCB Group announced a Sh50 billion commitment towards boosting entrepreneurship in the country over the next five years.

Through KCB Foundation, the lender will use the funds to support entrepreneurs under its 2jiajiri programme.

KCB Foundation Managing Director Jane Mwangi said the biggest challenge for most entrepreneurs is the lack of business support and capital constraints despite their huge potential to create jobs for the youth.
 “We are addressing this challenge and this will allow them to grow and therefore absorb the skilled workforce,” she said.

“We will support the business enterprises through a three-member consultancy team drawn from a pool of university graduates from leading local universities to offer legal, marketing and financial management support,” added Mwangi.

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