This program has the following projects;
2.1    Training and Research Project

Training and Research project aims at assisting the marginalized and disenfranchised youth, through youth groups to help them create and sustain income-generating activities leading a healthy life. The project focuses in building capacity of the youth groups through trainings for self efficiency and sustainable group development. These youth groups are equipped with diverse skills ranging from Business and Entrepreneurship, Book Keeping, Marketing, Personal finance, Team work, Cohesion and Communication, Conflict Management and Peace Building, Needs Assessment, Resource Mobilization and Leadership among others.

Advocacy on issues affecting youth and linkage to youth opportunities is also another area of project focus. Recruitment for the groups is done yearly and thus thirty youth groups from different localities benefits from this program and in return these groups act as a vehicle for YIKE to reach more youth in communities. To date this program has engaged over a hundred youth groups in its activities.


Community Events and Dialogues: This is also a key undertaking within the Training and Research project. Here, community sensitization events are carried out which mainly focus on themes such as the effect of small arms in the community, HIV/AIDS awareness and Youth Issues such as unemployment, crime etc. Dialogues are opportunities in which youth voices are expressed in regards to issues that the youth face every day. YIKE holds dialogues in which the youth select issues they want to dialogue in with relevant experts, government agencies and local leaders.

Contact person: Joyce Mwachala

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2.2 Livelihoods

Community Health Volunteers IGA's


In every slum community there is an army of Community Health Volunteers (formerly Community Health Workers or CHWs) who are the first people to respond to patients’ needs before they reach the clinics/hospitals. These CHVs are not paid and it is easy to ignore them yet their contribution to society especially in the informal settlements cannot be quantified. YIKE recognizes the work of the CHVs and in a special way decided to build the capacity of the CHVs from an economic perspective. To this end, YIKE is working with known CHV units in Mukuru, Dandora and Korogocho in a livelihood project where the CHVs are trained in Entrepreneurship and Business Management, thereafter they are given loans to start individual and group IGA’s for their economic sustenance. Currently we are working with four community health units with a total membership of 240 members who are all benefitting from the livelihood project.p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; direction: ltr; line-height: 120%; text-align: left; orphans: 2; widows:


Already we have trained four CHV units (Hamaso, Mandazi, Glucola and Crescent) and two units (Mandazi and Crescent) have initiated group IGA’s. Glucola and Mandazi CHV Unit members resorted to individual loans. So far indications are positive-the CHV Unit members are doing well in their small businesses and no longer have to worry where their next meal is going to come from as they continue to offer their voluntary services to the community.


YIKE is especially happy with the CHV Unit members (40) who have already cleared their first loan and have applied for the second loan, evidence that indeed they are putting the loan given them to good use.

Linnet one of the CHVs at her kiosk initiated from the Livelihoods projects.

Mrs  Mbilu showing off her khanga stock that she purchased after a  loan from the Livelihoods project

Extremely Vulnerable Youth IGA’s

The youth are a most risky group that if not properly mentored, can do serious damage to the very society that raises them. YIKE being cognizant of this fact has included the youth in the livelihood project. The aim of the livelihood project is to help the youth fashion out livelihood projects/activities for their sustenance and in so doing ensure that they escape the dragnets of alcohol and drug abuse as well as crime and prostitution that is so often the norm for youth born and bred in Nairobi’s informal settlements.


In 2015 just like in 2014 YIKE will be recruiting 100 youth from Dandora, Mukuru and Korogocho. These youth will be given a training on Entrepreneurship and how to develop sound Business Plans. Thereafter they will be advanced loans according to their business plans and assessment of the youth’s capability to implement the business plans. Already 25 youths have been trained and their loans are being processed. YIKE hopes to finish training and processing the loans for the youth by end of June so that the rest of the year is dedicated to close supervision and mentorship of the youth as they implement their IGA’s.

EVY Entrepreneurship & Business Management Training in session.

A light moment during the EVY Entrepreneurship & Business Management Training

Contact person: Michael Owino

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2.3    Youth Desk

This program work with youth in three areas: Business Micro-loans, Training in business/livelihood skills and in Networking and Business formalization.

The program also offers training in business skills in areas such as financial management, business planning and management, marketing and personal finance. Also with help from external partners we also focus in areas of product/service value chain improvement. These trainings are provided to all youth with or without loans. For the last one year ending September 1st YIKE had trained 741 youth from 40 youth groups  in the areas of Group/Small Business Book-keeping, Personal Finance, Small Business Marketing, Business, Licensing forum, Business Planning, Value Chain Trainings

The program offers business loans to individual and groups who invest it in business expansion and start-ups. The loans are given out as individual loans (I.e. loans to a member of a youth group with proven business guaranteed by other group members). The other loans are group loans which are issues out to businesses owned by the group together/jointly. As of September 1st, 2013 the program had issued loans totalling KES 3.9 million to over 300 youth group members since the program started in 2009.

Networking and Business Formalization
Working with the relevant authorities (Kenya Revenue Authority, County government, National Environmental Management Authority etc), the Youth Desk program also works to get the youth businesses licensed and tax compliant. This is an avenue which opens doors to be able to do business with other registered formal businesses. The program also organizes networking opportunities with other businesses where the youth businesses can benefit with new business opportunity and improved business practices.


Previously Under Livelihoods, YIKE has implemented projects like:
Girls Empowerment through Micro-franchise (GEM)

The main goal of this project, which targeted girls between the age of 17 - 19 years is to promote economic and social empowerment for adolescent girls in Kenya through a sustainable Micro-Franchise project that reaches 2,400 beneficiaries in the urban settlements of Eastleigh, Huruma and Mathare. The franchises involved are Strategic Industries (Darling), Kenchic Limited, D-Light and Pure Flow.

Adolescent girls in Nairobi, Kenya are at uniquely high risk of poverty and exploitation. despite their potential to act as a catalyst for development, these girls often fall through the cracks of conventional development programs that do not include a specific gender lens and are not tailored to9 the realities of daily life in urban settlements.

The GEM project is mindful of the time constraints that many 17-19 year old face, particularly young mothers and girls who have substantial responsibilities in the household. The project offers flexible meeting schedules in order to minimize the opportunity cost of project participation. Child care is also provided during all training sessions. Training curriculum focuses on issues of special concern to girls, including financial literacy, savings and budgeting, strategies for participants to protect themselves from sexual abuse and exploitation in the workplace, negotiation skills and practical approaches to dealing with suppliers and customers.

The Girls |Empowerment through Micro-franchise is implementing an innovative economic development initiative, Micro-franchise, that has been successfully piloted in other African contexts. The Micro-franchise model low-income individuals to open a ready-made business, utilizing proven strategies and an established brand to initiate new enterprises with minimal risk. This approach is particularly appropriate for girls who lack the skills and capital to start their own businesses. The Micro-franchise model is relatively new concept in development that has been hailed by economists and practitioners alike for its capacity to contribute to poverty alleviation as well as long-term economic growth. GEM project will further innovate the current approach to micro-franchise by tailoring the model to girls' specific needs and interests and by creating business models that allow micro-franchise to become fully sustainable by the projects end.

The GEM project therefore includes the following components:

Mentor ship to ensure that girls have female role models (mentors/trainers) and are empowered to translate their knowledge in to action
Response to gender-based violence to ensure that girls have the tools they need to stay safe and seek referrals where necessary
Life skills to ensure that girls are equipped with practical information that will enable them to stay safe, make healthy choices and communicate their needs effectively

To date, YIKE has successfully involved close to 700 girls in starting and running of various franchises in the project area. The girls now have stable businesses and are developing a saving culture. We are currently collecting applications for the second year which will incorporate more than 300 girls from the target area.


The project ended in December 2013 after running for 2 years.