During her visit to Mombasa, the UK Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening visited twenty year old Asha at her food kiosk in Kenya’s second city.
She set the business up after training at the new Imarisha Vijana centre at MEWA (Muslim Education and Welfare Association).
While supporting her parents and younger siblings through primary education, Asha is pursuing a hairdressing and beauty therapy course.
MEWA has teamed up with the UKaid funded Kuza Project with the aim of empowering over 5000 youths with relevant skills, advice and guidance.
The Kuza Project
The three year initiative Kuza Project is aimed at addressing the root causes of youth unemployment in Mombasa, and encouraging productive and sustainable job creation for the city’s young people.
The project consists of a combination of skills development, market development, and policy support. The project’s intended beneficiaries are un-employed and underemployed mean and women aged between 18 and 30 whose incomes are at the lowest end of the scale.