Garbage collection By Kayole Njiru Youth Group

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Course 1, 3rd Intake Graduation Ceremony

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Continued Partnership with UN Women

With our partner UN Women, YIKE seeks to increase the number of female youths entering and completing secondary schools. We seek to achieve this by making available information on existing opportunities so that the youths can choose who to approach in case they need fees or redress incase this is unfairly denied of them.

This is a research-study project with UN Women (formerly UNIFEM). The study seeks to understand the degree in which gender responsive approaches have been used in the disbursement of funds in Embakasi, Kasarani and Starehe constituencies in Nairobi and to develop mechanisms and tools that would strengthen the application of gender responsive approaches in all constituencies in Kenya. The project will involve a tracer study of those who have applied for bursary funds over the past 5 years and will involve participatory analyses with various stakeholders.

This project design has been in the works since late 2010, and now launches this January 2012!

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Girls Empowerment by Microfranchise (GEM) Project Begins

YIKE Launches New Project(GEM)
Girls Empowerment by Microfranchise (GEM) project aims to promote economic and social empowerment for adolescent girls aged 17-19years in Kenya through a sustainable microfranchise project that aims to reach 2400 beneficiaries in the urban settlements of Eastleigh, Huruma and Mathare.

The project activities will be to design microfranchise models with the selected businesses(Darling hair products & Kenchic fast food chain) train, monitor and support girls to engage in microfranchise businesses. The project will take two years after which there will be evaluation.

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Youth Entrepreneurship and Micro loans Program – REPORT 2011

Youth Entrepreneurship and Micro loans Program – YOUTH DESK PROGRAM REPORT 2011

Introduction to Youth Desk
This program provides youth groups with business financing options through a youth friendly loaning system. The other key services offered at the Youth Desk include business development as well as linkages for these small businesses to markets, suppliers and other relevant stakeholders.

Program Activities
This year the Youth Desk has been able to advance loans to youth totaling to KES 1,225,000. Of this amount KES 610,000 has been issued to male cleints while KES 100,000 to female clients. Groups (group businesses) have taken loans totaling KES 535,000 while individuals (individual businesses own by youth group members) have taken loans loans totaling KES 710,000. The following data will show Youth Desk performance in 2011;

ITEM 2010 2011 Change
1 Loan Disbursement 464,200 1,225,000 163% Growth
2 Group Loans 330,200 535,000.00 62% Growth
3 Individual loans 134,000 710,000.00 429% Growth
4 Loans follow-up (PAR) 74%
5 Savings Mobilization 22,850 166,590 629% Growth
6 No. of Clients (Male) 61 138 126% Growth
7 No. of Clients (Female) 18 39 116% Growth
8 Male (Amount of loans taken) 95,000 610,000 542% Growth
9 Female (Amount of loans taken) 39,000 100,000 156% Growth

Youth Desk Trainings: During the year the Youth Desk was able to offer trainings to the youth. There were three trainings which were open to all the YIKE group members and there were two other which were targeting micro-loans clients. During the year we were able to reach 544 youth with various trainings. Below is the data in regards to the trainings which we held this year;

1 YIKE-Citi Group Bank Training 195 15th April 2011 NCCK HURUMA
2 Youth Business Mentorship Event 150 24th May 2011 NCCK HURUMA
3 Youth Business Legal Day 115 24th May 2011 NCCK HURUMA
4 Small Business Management 62 17th Nov 2011 NCCK HURUMA
5 Small Business Marketing 22 24th Nov 2011 NCCK HURUMA

Felix conducting a session during the Marketing Training held on 24th November 2011
Small Business Management training held on 17th November 2011

Citi Group Nairobi CEO, Mr. Arun Kumar
Zippy Wanjala from Citi Group Nairobi Mathur Speaking to to the youth during a training held on 15th April 2011
during a training held on 15th April 2011

Program Fund Raising and Training/Linkages
This year the Youth Desk was able to secure funding for a third time from the Citi Foundation worth $ 20,000. This year they suggested a substantial amount be allocated for small business skills trainings. With the later in mind we have budgeted as follows: Micro-credit fund $ 7000; Trainings $ 7,000;and Contribution to Salaries for program staff and administration $ 6,000. Also we have been able to secure a partnership for micro-credit fund with Tailored Good based in San Francisco. This organization has agree that for every suit (item) they sell they will set aside $ 500 dollars for the YIKE’s credit fund. This partnership was enabled by Grant Ennis, who had volunteered to work with YIKE between July and August of 2011.

Mobilizaton of New Youth Groups
In an effort to increase our client base, we have been able to recruit two new groups whom we have started to work with. These are RCC Huruma (Rotary Community Corp) and RCC Mathare. From these groups we have been able to get nine individual member clients who have taken loans amounting to KES 90,000. These groups were introduced to YIKE by Rotary Club of Nairobi.
Youth Desk conducted a research on skills which clients (micro-credit) want to be trained on. For the 36 clients we were able to survey we came up with the following analysis of the skills they want more training on:

When we ranked the top 5 trainings needed we came with the following;

Program Achievements
1. Lending has increased by 163% this year to KES 1,225,000
2. Increase in client base. Our clients (individual clients) have increased from 79 to 177 in the last one year.We have been able to increase the number of groups from 10 to 16 this year.
3. Savings mobilization have grown by 629 % this year.
4. Training: This year the Youth Desk has been able to offer five trainings as mentioned elsewhere in this report. We have managed to do this with full participation of our donor the Citi Group Nairobi. We have also been able to link youth groups to other entities offering specialized training. For this we had Emmanuel Muthama of Jafa Foods to attend the Workshop on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Introduction to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control points (HACCP) delivered by Technoserve and Partners in Food Solutions under the African Alliance for Improved Food Processing (AAIFP) project funded by USAID. Emmanuel was also able to attend Training of SMEs in Export Packaging offered by Kenya Bureau of Standards and International Trade Centre (ITC). Jafa Foods is a business run by Emmanuel of Pamoja Ghetto Youth Centre based in Dandora. The Company manufactures and sells sauces and pickles such as Teriyaki sauce, pickled gherkins, pickled beetroots etc.

Emmanuel Muthama displaying certificates for the training extended by the Youth Desk program
5. The Youth Desk has been able to secure a new donor who will be contributing to the Micro-credit fund. This is Tailored Good (www. based in the USA. We have again been able to secure funding from Citi Foundation for the period 2011-2012 of $ 20,000.
The following are some of the partnerships which the Youth Desk has been able to work with this year:
1 Citi Foundation Program Funding Funds are used in the micro-credit fund as well as having $6,000 contributed to HR and administration.
2 Citi Bank Nairobi Staff Involvement in Youth Desk Trainings Donor involvement provides opportunity where the donor can directly interact with beneficiaries.
3 Tailored Good Program Funding (Micro credit fund) Additional funding for the credit fund which is targeting special businesses which will pay back loans at an intrest rate of 4.5% per annum.
4 Rotary Club of Nairobi Provision of new groups which are taking part in the Youth Desk activities. We have had two groups join YIKE; these are RCC Huruma and RCC Mathare.
6 Green Energy Options Provision of Portable Solar Products which form part of micro-credit product loans The Youth Desk has been to sell 2 units through credit
7 Renewable Energy Africa Provision of Portable Solar Products which form part of micro-credit product loans The Youth Desk has been to sell 7 units through credit

1. Troublesome intra-office scheduling system which makes limited allocation time for Youth Desk activities.
2. Late repayments by clients. Our clients do pay back loans (95%) but usually in periods outside the stipulated time. This makes out PAR (Portfolio at Risk be high, which is at 74% on 60 days).
3. Need for Genuine Office software, Micro-credit software and other IT systems and software. This is for program data protection and retrieval as well as to increase productivity.

1. To increase more product based loans which have little risk. This is especially on area of energy saving and solar products. This (product loans) can also being extended to YIKE staff.
2. Rotary club of Nairobi for extend mentoring to Youth Desk clients as well as YIKE staff and for possible areas of YIKE expansion outside Nairobi County.

Felix Maina attending to Youth Desk clients

Youth Desk funded group business: Community Transformers Cyber Cafe.

Charles Alulu of Community Transformers during the Youth Desk Interview

Some of the Jafa food products

Citi Group Nairobi Staff during a Traning held on 15th April 2011.

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Youth Group Trainings – Report 2011

Youth Group Trainings – Report 2011
– Recruitment of new youth groups.
– Provide Capacity Development to youth groups in subject matter areas
of Team building, Peace building, Financial management, Entrepreneurship and income generating activities, Leadership, Market linkages, NGO/CBO linkages
– Manage in-kind small grants program to provide youth groups with equipment for income generating activities (i.e. sewing machines, P.A. systems, etc)
– advocacy events – Manage Kenya Action Network for Small Arms program and coordinate
regular events, Plan for International Youth Day, World AIDS Day and Stand-Up Campaign on MDGs)
– Networking and linkages
– mentoring interns and youth trainers
– Monitoring & Evaluation of groups’ performance

2011 activities
1. Recruitment of groups
Analyzing applicants from last year, making site visits to them, reporting back to core group at YIKE, short listing the ten successful groups, organizing an inception meeting with the new groups.
 We had targeted to work with more girl groups but the two that we got one dropped out because some of their members left the group leaving the group weak and eventually they parted ways.
 This year we chose more groups from the vicinity because of inadequate funds currently experienced as an organization.
 We receive more applications from groups which want to work with us but due to limited funds we only took 10.on board
2. Trainings
Organizing training schedule for all groups, presiding over the trainings, mobilizing staff for the trainings, etc
a) Pig project- goal project – entrepreneurship and also onsite training and visit
b) Team building and group cohesion – trained 9 first year groups
c) Business management and entrepreneurship- training, the (ten) second year groups were trained. (195 members 55 girls and 125 boys)
d) leadership and financial management -9 1st year groups (48-members 16 girls and 32 boys)
– Due to insufficient funds we reduced the training period to 3 half days
– we did away with the trainers and this has strained the department
– accounting is also a challenge as we organize for meals with the groups before training and at time the numbers don’t come as expected but we have to pay the supplier which at the end of the day impacts on my salary as the accounting officer pegs the number with the attendance lists.
Lessons learnt
 Do more fundraising for the project
 Need a permanent assistant
 We should still work with the volunteer trainers
3. Dialogue
Meeting on reworking the training syllabus and approach of the YIKE programmes.
4. Community events –

a) KANSA, Reaching to members of community to sensitize them on the need to abstain from use of small arms and light weapons, inviting partners (300people)
b) International youth day- the event was successful as we were able to reach out to many people and achieved our objective as planned – (1200 people) both in the procession and the main venue
c) World Aids day- the event hosted by GOAL Kenya but the community mobilization was not there resulting to few people attending the activity (100- whereby female participants were the majority.)

– In the KANSA event there was poor communication from the secretariat and also lack/ in adequate funds we had a poor start of preparations but it eventually took place.
Lessons learnt
a) Keep tabs with Kyalo as KANSA Coordinator by helping him to mobilize funds for 2012 week of action!
b) Target other organizations that would be interested in security affairs and start mobilizing them at the end of this year.
c) Need to partner with other likeminded organizations in carrying out community outreach events

5. Fundraising-
Participating in meetings, bringing strategic donors to visit the organization, development of proposals, follows up on donor contacts.
a) I fundraised for the international youth day to a tune of 780, 000ksh
b) we got the approval from Umande Trust for the wash programme and the construction has started with the estimated completion to be end of march the cost will be 2.3million whereas YIKEs contribution is 500,000/=.
c) We also got approval for the waste management project which will be supported from march 2012 but the other activities has already started this will be supported to tune of 10,000,000+.
a) There are rare calls of proposals targeting trainings parse so we have to device ways on which we can get more funds targeting the training component
b) For some of the projects that we anticipate working in collaboration with other partners e.g. (wash project at Korogocho and the waste management) took longer as they have to wait for the approval and ultimate decisions from the partners.
6. Networking with other sector partners-

a) Represent YIKE on National Steering Committee for Urban Development
and as chair of sub-committee Youth, Gender and Vulnerable groups to form urban development policies for these groups, whereby we manage to finish the process and now we have an urban development policy draft which is waiting to be presented to the parliament.
b) Represented YIKE in the devolved government policy making process and whereby i attended a study tour to Sweden.
c) Represent YIKE as Secretary of Civil Society Urban Forum to manage regular forums and conferences on urban development in specific thematic areas ranging from transportation, to livelihood, to HIV/AIDs
and gender, and other topics.

7. Managing Project Staff
Relationship with youth groups, execution of duties, identifying their areas of weakness, mentorship etc
Worked with Ann Shileche, Allan Kariega, Grace Mwangima as volunteers and also Fred Okidi, Lilian Adhiambo, Christian Noel and Jacob Odongo as volunteer trainers directly under my programme.
8. Monitoring & Evaluation
Scheduled field visits, tracking ways in which different programs are moving towards the set YIKE targets,

9. Mentorship of Groups
• Meetings based on themes/Exchange visits, linking the groups to work together.
• Challenges
• Insufficient funds to effectively execute the initiative.

10. Youth Award System
Group Awards
A total of 12 groups were awarded in the following four categories. Each category had 3 winning groups as follows:
Category 1: Edutainment

Livity Heritage- 3rd position
Nzumari Africa-2nd position
Ghetto Girls acrobats- 1st position
Category2: Environmental

Highridge Development Group-3rd position
ManyGro- 2nd position
Ngei 1 Development Youth Group- 1st position

Category 3: Social Entrepreneurship

 Glucola youth organization- 3rd position
 Family community based organization- Kenya-2nd position
 Community Transformers-1st position

Category 4: Production
 Be Smart Fashion Design Association-3rd position
 Bidii Yetu Youth group- 2nd position
 Biquila youth group-1st position

Best Male and Best Female Awards
Two individual youth were also awarded for their outstanding history, for being good role models that other youth can emulate.
 The Best Male award went to Eddy Okoth of Badusa Youth Group based in Baba Dogo
 The Best Female award went to Maria Katololo of Kiamaiko Development Youth Group (KDYG) based in Huruma

11. Donor Reporting
Reporting to the donor, and also do quarterly reports to the management
12. Other Duties
From time to time im assigned to represent the organization at meetings organized by GOAL Kenya, various government ministries and other partners.
Training and research in a nut shell
Activity What happened/ what was done How many youths were reached
1. Year 1 Recruitment
Ten groups were recruited 250 youths
2. Trainings
(a) Team building and group cohesion
(b) Leadership and financial management
(c) Business management /entrepreneurship
(d) Goal pig project
Training took place

Training took place

Training took place

Training took place
225 youths

48 youths (16f and 32male)
32 youth (6female)

3. Networking
African Youth Trust

Civil Society Urban Development Programme

National Urban Development Programme

Hiv Free Generation




lobbying/ advocacy- co-funded IYD
policy formation -draft urban policy in place

WASH project bio center facility to be up by end of march
Waste management project

5 youth members trained on entrepreneurship
1200 youth in both the procession and at the venue
Once in place will benefit all the Kenyan youth
2 staff trained, 2 youth in their youth council, 2 groups participated in the GATE festivals
Highridge youth members and the entire surrounding community

12 youth groups to benefit
4. Youth Award
Groups award

Individual awards
Trophies given

Trophies given
14 groups awarded in various category
2 individual warded best male and female


2. Testimonials
• Networking with other youth groups from different areas with different activities. This has created a platform to exchange ideas.
• Some of our members got a chance to attend free computer classes and were given certificates.
• Members also utilize the 20minutes free internet at the resource centre to chat and do research.
Members have also undergone training in:
1. Team building –this has helped us to become more united and focused since it we learnt how to keep the group running in order to achieve the goals of the group. It also taught us the characteristics and qualities of good leaders which has made us to be wise in electing new leaders.
2. Leadership skills-this training was meant for the current group leaders of the group and the leaders learnt how to solve emerging issues in the group.
3. Financial management-finances is a very important aspect in group activities since all operations depend on the money the group is generating. Members have also learnt on the importance of being open and transparent when it comes to handling financial matters. The members also learned how to keep financial records for good and easy reference.
The group has also been promised a yearly grant by YIKE to help them expand their income generating activities.
(Gabriel Owino)
Gabriel Owino was a member of Ozone youth group, which is a partner group with Yike. He joined YIKE as a volunteer for 6 months and worked at Resource centre under John Mbungi as his supervisor. As a member of Ozone he went through the capacity building programme of which he was able to be equipped with the necessary skills such as:

1. Web designing
2. Computer packages
3. Leadership skills
4. I.T training skills
5. Business management
6. Report writing
7. Time management
Through skills he gained at YIKE he was nominated to join HIV Free Generation youth board representative under youth brand known as Jipange. He was thereafter elected as the secretary which has exposed him to various forums and workshop whereby he is able to communicate and relate with other youths.

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