Business May Include Challenges, But Worth It

May 24, 2017

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Biz May Include Challenges, But Worth It

Biz May Include Challenges, But Worth It

“Violence broke out following the announcement of the disputed presidential election in December 2007. There was a lot of destruction of property, looting, rioting and killings. A lot of young people perpetuated these evils for perceived economic gain. I did not want to get involved. I felt that the violence was pointless and that finding meaningful ways to meet my basic needs would deter me from engaging.

Together with 24 other like-minded youth, we formed and registered the Art Youth Research Centre in February 2008. It was to serve as a platform for young people to express and discuss issues without using violence as well as carry out income generating activities. We chose to focus on environment conservation in our community in Kesses constituency.

We run a variety of income generating activities whose end goal is to promote a clean and safe environment. We collect garbage, make and sell briquettes as well as liquid soap for domestic and industrial use. Our business has grown over the years. We have now registered a company called the Eldoret Uasin Gishu Company through which we got a contract for waste management with the county government of Uasin Gishu.

Provision of quality service has grown our client base to the current 3000 who include companies, government institutions and individuals, all from within Eldoret town.

Financial and market support from the Youth Fund has enabled us to expand our business which now includes printing of t-shirts.

Our success is attributed to hard work, commitment and shared goals. I have seen a positive transformation among our members in terms of social and economic development. Members can comfortably meet their basic needs in addition to making monthly contributions to NHIF and NSSF.

Our efforts in environmental management have also earned us accolades. We got a certificate of recognition at the Dubai International awards for best practice in environment management, 2012. We also won second place during the 2014 Green Innovations Awards organized by NETFUND.

I wish to advice my fellow youth to embrace entrepreneurship. To attain success in business will include challenges but the effort is worth it at the end of the day