Over 55 youths from Nandi Hills were hosted by Eastern Produce Kenya and Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industries on 31st of July at Nandi Bears. Purpose of the early morning meeting was to celebrate the significant progress that EPK has done on their Youth Empowerment Programs with youths who have benefited and empowered economically, and also form a Business Incubation Forum that will advice, inform and support youths in business.
Operations Director Mr. Bill Rustrick has brought a new phase of positive and constructive collaboration between Nandi Hills Community and the largest Multinational tea industry in the area – Eastern Produce Kenya LTD; with primary focus on empowering the young people. His work, alongside other company officials has seen a number of youths benefit from the programs.
Dismas, who had a chance to speak in the meeting on behalf of youths was donated 4 PCs to start up a computer centre business. Nelson has also been empowered to set up a Nandi Bears Golf Safaris among others. EPK also agreed to offer training to youths on automotive repairs and maintenance in Nandi Hills, provided a structure and location has been identified. This is still under process.
KNCCI on the other hand outlined their services to youth groups and individual businesses to register and subscribe for annual membership, with the following benefits in return:
Training and Education
Trade and Exports among others.
David Cooke, Legal Affairs Officer for the chamber of commerce advised youths to “get their hands dirty” and forget the color-and-tie mentality. He urged that business requires hard work and risks and risk-takers are not afraid of making mistakes as well as not giving up when first or second venture fails. He was with the Chairman and Finance Officer of KNCCI.
Mr Mugun official of Siret Empowerment represented his chairman and gave a successful story of the association of Nandi Tea Farmers who worked together until they acquired Siret Tea Estate from EPK. Currently they own a state of the art Plaza that’s being constructed in town.
Mr. Kiptoo Koros, Youth MCA in the County Assembly answered few questions, and said he’ll continue legislating laws and policies to favour youths affairs socially, economically and politically.
The meeting was declared over at around 9:45AM by Mr Kirui.
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