[Kenya] Fashion initiative addresses unemployment, skills gap with training
28-09-2021 11:00:00 | by: Bob Koigi | hits: 2221 | Tags:

Mavazi Elevate program, an initiative that taps into the skills of the creatives in the fashion industry and small local businesses across the 47 Kenyan counties, is addressing skills gap, unemployment and driving the Made in Kenya agenda.

Carole Kinoti, the Founder of the initiative says it accelerates learning while placing unemployed youth in jobs across the country by equipping them with sewing machine operator’s skills and further support lifelong personal and professional success.

 “The program works through the development and expansion of business skills for enterprise development, further driving the Made in Kenya agenda. It aims at empowering creatives by turning talent into the trade through product development and entrepreneurial skills empowerment,” said Carole Kinoti, the Founder of the Program.

Carole adds: “Kenya has amazing young people. They do not need handouts. All they need are the perfect skills that will place them in various fields and earn them something at the end of the day.”

The program also has a Self-Help Women Groups section that targets 35 women per group who through a 7-day mentorship program in Kajiado County which then ends up in the Fashion on the Road Golf Tournament (FoTR) market soko.

“This tournament aims to provide creatives with an entry point into the real world where they showcase their merchandise, interact, and negotiate with customers, and network with other entrepreneurs,” she enthused.