MTAANI INITIATIVE 3
This project is a scale up of Mtaani initiative 1 and 2 which were also funded by KCDF. in the Mtaani initiative is a livelihoods project implemented by U-TENA in partnership with KCDF. The project targets youth in registered groups with income generating activities that are already running. U-Tena capacity builds the group members to be able to manage their resources and account for their expenses and income to be able to grow their businesses. Continuous mentorship and linkage to marketing and funding opportunities have been key components to ensure continuity and sustainability of the beneficiaries’ livelihoods. In total, the project has impact above 800 beneficiaries both directly and indirectly and some of the youths who were in the groups have initiated their own businesses which are progressing well.
The project goal is to enable targeted youth access sustainable employment that will lead to financial independence for them and their households. The surrounding community benefited from environmental, sanitation and water services that will lead to the reduction of diarrheal and other sanitation related diseases. Idleness, crime, alcohol and substance abuse of the targeted youth will be reduced. The direct beneficiaries are 300 youths from 20 CBOS in Mukuru informal settlements, Embakasi and Makadara constituencies in Nairobi Kenya. The groups have also been linked to AGPO – Access to Government Procurement Opportunities and funding from the Uwezo fund and Youth fund, linkage to county government trade fairs and exhibitions where they can sell their products and create linkages and partnerships with other groups in the community and stakeholders who further support them by buying their products and supporting them to grow their businesses.
Social Entrepreneurship Models that U-Tena works on can be found here
Livelihood and Social Entrepreneurship Documentary
Livelihood project of U-Tena Featured in Ebru TV