Covid-19 has disrupted and affected what we all call normal around the world. Its effects have had a major impact on young people especially in developing countries where they are prone to vulnerabilities like drug abuse, crime, and violence extremism; just to mention a few. Unemployment is one of the major challenges faced by youth in Kenya, yet again, Covid-19 worsened the situation with imposed curfews and restrictions to economic activities that involved physical contact.
The need to support young people bounce-back from the economic effects of Covid-19 has been more than dire. SambaSports Youth Agenda believes that economically empowered youth play a huge role in the advancement of government’s economic agenda. With support from the European Union and Aga Khan Foundation, SambaSports has is providing young people in Kwale with entrepreneurship training and mentorship to inspire and support them bouncing back.
Young people go through a six-week online training that equips them with skills and knowledge in developing business ideas, writing business plans, pitching, and running small business from locally available resources. They are inspired to work in teams and encouraged to practice peer-to-peer training—cascading the knowledge to others that have not received the training. Upon completion of the training, the trainees gather for a Chachawiza Session. Chachawiza is an edutainment session that features skits, sporting and arts activities highlighted by motivational and inspirational talks from young and successful entrepreneurs and government officials.
The most recent Chachawiza Session held on 18th May 2022 at Ukunda Show Ground in Msambweni Subcounty, young people had the pleasure of hearing from a variety of guests among them the Director of Youths, Mr. .Ken Simiyu, who emphasized on the importance of digital training and encouraged them to explore other platforms like the Ajira digital platform which offers entrepreneurship capacity building and the Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Program (KYEOP). Also, Mr. Jawa Mwachupa, a representative from the Youth Enterprise Development Fund urged young people to venture into business and seek opportunities for funding in grants and loans.