November 14, 2015.
57 youth from Mukuru kwa Njenga slum graduated after attending a 12 week training dubbed Pepeta Initiative – a training that has helped them gain practical skills in personal finance management, life skills and group dynamics.
With a section working as casual laborers, and others running their own businesses, the youth made lots of sacrifices to complete the course. It was tough but worth it, they revealed:
This training has helped me very much. I didn’t know my work as the treasurer of the group; the training has helped me know how to manage the group’s money. Now we have policies, so the work has become easier because everyone is following the rules – Anastasia, Treasurer Embakasi South Ladies United
According to trainer Geoffrey Githinji, “The training has enabled learners be more aware of inner capacities they can utilize.”
To celebrate, youth from all 5 groups, trainers, church and area leaders as well as World Concern staff gathered at a colorful event with food and dance.
Speaker after speaker at the event termed the graduation as a beginning rather than an ending. “Transformation has just begun. We have been studying about business, about changing our behavior. We want World Concern to be there to witness our transformation,” said Alex Chalo, Chairman of Vijana wa Neema, a pioneer group of Pepeta Initiative training.
World Concern Africa Area Director Peter Macharia, who also spoke at the event, told the youth that God knows them and is able to fulfill the plans of their hearts.
You have helped us know how to live with people; if someone is wrong, we can correct him in a good way. You have also helped us know how to save because now when I get 200 shillings, I save 50 shillings, pay debts and spend the remaining amount – Sinaida, member Embakasi South Ladies United
We are very grateful to World Concern and Pepeta Initiative for uniting our group and bringing such training in our slum. We request that you continue coming to help the youth in the slum so that they can become more educated – Omosh, Amomo Group
Each graduate starts this journey with some well-thought group policy documents, strategic and business plans.
World Concern is also assisting them to get mentors, apprenticeship opportunities and counseling where needed. It’s all part of holistic transformation – a journey we’re keen not to miss!