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President Uhuru Kenyatta urges youth to take advantage of the Affirmative Funds

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the youth to take advantage of the Affirmative Funds to establish their own enterprises and earn a living. He said that the government had established institutions such as the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF) to provide affordable financial support and enterprise development services so that youth can create their own enterprises and gain financial independence. “I urge you to apply for loans so that you can make a living and contribute to the growth of the country’s economy” he said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta also encouraged youth to invest in their talents and ensure they continue to play a positive role in the development of the country while shunning social vices. The President was speaking to youth exhibitors when he visited the YEDF stand at the Mombasa International ASK show on Friday 1st September 2016. He lauded the YEDF beneficiaries exhibiting at the stand for utilizing the funds well to develop quality products and services.

Cabinet Secretary for Public Service Youth and Gender Affairs, Sicily Kariuki, who also visited the stand welcomed the youth to engage with her ministry more frequently in order to ensure services provided are relevant to their needs. She further said that her ministry through YEDF seeks to develop young entrepreneurs whose enterprises will positively impact their lives, fellow youth and the community at large. She encouraged young people to be job creators and not job seekers. Other key guests visiting the stand included the Governor for Mombasa County Ali Hassan Joho

The YEDF facilitated ten youth entrepreneurs to exhibit their products and services at the annual Mombasa International Trade Fair held from 29th August – 4th September 2016. This gave the youth an opportunity to showcase, market and sell their products to potential clients and local investors participating at the event.

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