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Kimathi Information Centre, changing the lives of youth in Eastlands, Nairobi.

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Kimathi Information Centre (KIC) is a telecentre based in Kimathi Estate in Eastlands, Nairobi, Kenya. This is a disadvantaged urban residential area with a good number of jobless youths. The population of this estate is roughly 7,010 people.

Two entrepreneurial youths Jose Njuki- Imwe Ngunjiri Ngunjiri and Carthy Atieno Agallo out of passion and need to respond to youths information requests decided to invest in a telecentre where community members would come and learn basic computer operation skills, how to use search engines in their practices, how to write business plans and proposals to access funding, grants and loans. Agallo and Ngunjiri were mainly driven by lack of employment among youths and women, ICT skills, Accessing Jobs, Poor interview skills and lack of experience for the job market.

KIC as an urban based telecentre has had challenges especially with sustainability, however the managers approach has been service driven through partnerships creation.  He seeks partnerships with universities, cooperates, government and even community members. One such partnership is that with a local university focusing on enterprise practice. This will enable more than one thousand youths to get exposure and skills on how to write business plans and proposals every year; he adds that, it will enable him to organize two events, namely: a symposium for the youths to share and learn from peers in business and secondly a three week long entrepreneurship training for youths who have business ideas and are interested in starting businesses within the community. (...)

Read more on the CTA Telecentre Africa Portal

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