This season we celebrate with our partner Plug and Play (PnP), who in September this year, received a Ksh. 190, 000 ($1, 862) tender for the supply of stationary to Naivasha Girls School, Nakuru County. This was predicated on them having good financial records, a result of the YALE-PAD Business Challenge; an intensive three week training on business planning and presentation co-hosted with two M.A. students from Yale University, USA.

Started in 2009 as a theatre group with a passion to use theatre and the performing arts as a tool to promote peace and coexistence, PnP has since changed its operations into stationary supplies and agri-business (mainly in onion production)

The YALE-PAD Challenge was also an eye opener for the Naivasha based group.

“Training on market analysis and market identification, allowed the group to identify the Narok open air market as a potential market for their onions with better returns than their home market in Naivasha.” Says Andrew Koros, Nakuru county business advisor.

While we celebrate the joys of the Naivasha group, happiness is abound in Nairobi too.

 “PAD is keen in making its youth partner’s business thrive by introducing them to entrepreneurship sessions to increase their knowledge on entrepreneurship” says Teddy Amimo, Nairobi county business advisor.

PAD partners in Nairobi, participate in the Young Entrepreneurs Corners; A monthly business networking forum organized by “Idea Spot”, a designed for aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners, business mentors, investors, financiers and business professionals. By sponsoring the youth groups to participate in such events the youth network and acquire skills on entrepreneurship. The forum also offers participants a platform to showcase their products.

During one such recent occasion, “Clear Cut Arts” signed up several clients including a Mombasa based curio shop operator who will market their products in the Kenya coastal region. Additionally, they also signed up a number of clients requesting for supply of their beaded artwork to Machakos County. These engagements and exposure have led to the expansion of their market beyond Nairobi.

One of our participatory groups is “Clear Cut Arts”; a group specializing in bead art while another “KITO’s Echo Safi”; upcycles waste material such as rubber and paper to produce hand-detailed boutique paper bags, sandals and screen-printed shirts. KITO’s programs also conserve the environment.

Beyond these training opportunities, PAD follows up to assess the impact of the youth groups’ initiatives. This allows us to determine the value of the services we offer, as well as those of our partners

“I am happy, PAD is offering us a platform to grow and develop our business” says Clear Cut founder, Ken Wambi.

In coming days we hope to expand our youth partner interaction through our new cohort of County Business Advisors (CBA’s) as we help them scale their businesses more through our curriculum based training modules.

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