The Power of Economic Opportunity

Contributions by Bramwell and Dalton Odhiambo | Written by Hannah Bain

Talent is universal, but opportunity is not. Young people like Bramwell, an alumnus of CFK’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (EED) initiative, are proof of that.  

Bramwell connected with CFK’s EED initiative in 2019. Now, only one year later, he has a full-time job and is continuing his education, paying off his school fees, supporting some of his relatives, and helping a few of his friends with their school fees. 

CFK’s EED project builds capacity among young people through various work readiness and skills trainings, interview and CV preparation, and guidance on topics such as negotiation and diversity.  

CFK students at ICT Centre in Kibera
Students learn at CFK's ICT Centre in Kibera.

“I learned a lot in [CFK’s] capacity building training,” Bramwell said. “Professionally, I learned how to prepare myself for an interview and how to communicate with my colleagues, clients, and employers. Personally, I learned how to support myself on matters of savings, time management, planning for future goals, and managing my budget on a monthly basis. 

With an estimated 80% of youth in Kibera unemployed, the EED project also encourages young people to form youth savings and loan organizations. These groups foster a saving culture among younger generations and help them access resources to run their own enterprises.  

“Not everyone can be involved in the formal market, so developing financial literacy and a saving culture among young people is critical,” said Dalton Odhiambo, the Program Officer leading CFK’s ICT initiative. 

Moving Beyond Capacity Building

Following capacity building workshops, CFK connects young people to organizations based on their interests and skills.  

After completing the EED’s capacity building training, Bramwell got connected to a second training with Generation Kenya, where he learned about financial services. He hopes to pursue a career as a financial advisor to meet growing needs in his community. 

“In the community I come from, we don’t have a culture where we know how to take control of money,” Bramwell explained. “Saving skills are lacking, so I would like to advise [members of my community], support them, and teach them how to save.” 

Bramwell currently works full-time in customer service with Safaricom, one of the leading communications companies in Kenya.  

“I love going to work knowing that I have the skills required to do my work,” he said. “I want to thank CFK for their support and for everything they are doing in the community.” 

As an alumnus of the EED project, Bramwell stays in touch with Dalton, who has served as one of his trainers and mentors over the last year. He also advises some participants of the current cohort, sharing his experiences and encouraging them to continue setting ambitious goals. 

Dalton hopes to expand alumni engagement within the EED initiative moving forward. He has already identified five young alumni who will share their experiences with EED participants in 2021. 

 

Learn more about the EED project, and see what your support can do for young people like Bramwell

 

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