Wyclif Otieno- KITO International (Nairobi)

KITO International was founded in Nairobi County, Kenya in 2010 by Wyclif Otieno, with the motto; “By the youth for the street youth.”Having lived in the streets himself, Wyclif created KITO with the aim of providing life skills and vocational training for his peers. Under the brand name Eco-Safi, KITO runs a social-enterprise selling hand-detailed boutique paper bags from recycled paper, sandals made from old car tires and screen-printed shirts. Within 1.5 years of operation with Ongoza, KITO’s revenue rose from an average $525/month to $1,701/month. A portion of the profits fund KITO’s rehabilitation program for street youth and employment opportunities for their trainees.


Byron Geogidius - Picha Tamu (Nakuru)

Byron wanted to create a platform where youth are engaged and empowered to build their own social business entreprises. In 2008, frustrated by his employer and looking for a source of income, Byron Geogiadius, partnered with his thespian friend Daniel Moshe, and started Picha Tamu, a theatre-group-turned-social- enterprise focused on youth empowerment in Nakuru County, Kenya. The group soon realized they needed to expand their revenue sources, and diversified their enterprises to include an agri-business and garbage collection business. His proudest moments are when he see’s the youth empowered and moving beyond the group to start their own social business ventures.

David Wafula- Jiinue Hawkers & Peddlers (Bungoma)

With only $3, out of work and a family to care for, life had reached a standstill for David Wafula after he left his employment. With little savings he had, he purchased handkerchiefs and started off as a hawker to make a lifelihood for him and his family. However, David would quickly realize, the business was a hand-to-mouth business. With a couple of friends in the same business, David Started, Jiinue Hawkers and Peddlers, an assorted merchandize business in Bungoma trading in electronics, fashion accessories, beauty products and textile. While they trade in different merchandize they consolidate their funds and bank them to help them scale their business. They hope to scale their business to an assorted warehouse store in Bungoma. Through their enterprise they have accessed various loans of up to $2, 500 from institutions such as Uwezo Fund and Equity bank to scale their businesses. 

Please consider supporting our efforts. Your financial support helps fund the training activities and workshops needed to scale-up the social businesses of our grassroots youth leaders. 

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