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KCB Foundation Initiates 367 Youth into farming

By Standard Reporter | Published Thu, August 3rd 2017 at 14:12, Updated August 3rd 2017 at 14:21 GMT +3

Miramar International College founder, Dominic Mwenja (c), offers consultation on the process involved in production of Lettuce through hydroponics technique.

SUMMARY

  • 2jiajiri is the flagship youth empowerment programme of the KCB foundation
  • Young entrepreneurs in 2jiajiri were poised to earn a collective monthly income of Sh 6.8 Million
  • Hydroponic farming is a soil-less method of farming and a subset of hydroculture, where plants are grown using only a mineral nutrient solution in a water solvent.

 

NAIROBI, KENYA: The KCB Foundation through its flagship program 2jiajiri has graduated a total of 367 beneficiaries at the Miramar International College (MIC).

The students who have been undergoing training in hydroponic techniques of producing vegetables, tomatoes, strawberries and livestock fodder included 63 special young men and women who were under 18-years old, some of whom undergoing juvenile rehabilitation.

The Government of Kenya recognised the vulnerability of these young people and admitted them to receive support under the ‘Inua Jamii’ programme.

The KCB Foundation complemented the efforts of government to transform their fortunes and enrolled them for technical, vocational and life-skills training under the 2jiajiri program.

“This program is a shining example to the private sector of the significant role it has to play in building the resilience of vulnerable groups especially through support for the entrepreneurial acumen of Kenya’s youth,” said Ministry of Labour Principal Secretary Susan Mochache.

“The partnership between government and the KCB Foundation has transformed them into some of the finest agribusiness entrepreneurs our country is likely to see”.

Inua Jamii has so far benefited over 600,000 Kenyans. KCB has been instrumental in facilitating the government to disburse over Shs32 Billion to poor and vulnerable households under this programme.

 “The beneficiaries were now part of an elite group of pioneers that would popularize hydroponic crop and fodder production within communities and improve social welfare through improved food security” said KCB Director Corporate Banking Moezz Mir.

“2jiajiri program placed them in a position of significant advantage; they were on the cutting edge of an innovative mode of agricultural production that is increasingly gaining currency not only in Kenya but also the region,” he added.

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