A group of friends in Kiptambow area in Nakuru County had just completed their secondary education and had nothing to do. Coming from a poor background, majority were unable to pursue their tertiary education due to lack of school fees. Their similar circumstances brought them together in the year 2006 and decided to make monthly contributions to give members for upkeep. After two years members felt that the monthly contributions were not enough and wanted to engage in meaningful activities that would earn them a living. Majority had managed to acquire skills in tailoring using the earnings from their monthly contributions.
With skills in tailoring, members began thinking about doing business but lacked capital or the technical know how to make this a reality. Their monthly contribution was not enough to buy them capital items such as sawing machines as well as fabrics for making clothing. Following the advice of their local leaders, members decided to form and register the Vigil Youth Group with a membership of twenty as the initial step towards owning their business in tailoring.
In the year 2007 they heard from the local leaders about the establishment of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund which was established by the government to address the challenges of youth unemployment in the country. They learnt that the Youth Fund was offering loans that are specifically designed to meet the varied needs of young people either looking to start or expand business. They were further advised to visit the District Youth Officer in Nakuru County for advice on how to access these funds. They successfully applied for their first C-YES loan which was disbursed in the year 2008. With the money, they were able to buy sawing machines and fabrics for making clothing.
They have since not looked back because the business has been a source of income generation. In addition to making clothes, they also do clothes repair for residents in the community. According to the chairman of the Vigil Youth Group, Mr. Joshua Ayenga, forming the group was a stepping stone for some members to do their own individual businesses such as motorbike transport business. In addition, the group has enabled them create long lasting friendships who help each other in time of need.
He is advising other young people to emulate their decision and form groups so that they can be able to access facilities that would enable them do business.