Heroes in the Job Market

VillageJobs are tough to find in Kenya, even for a well-educated young man or woman. Unemployment in the region for those age 18-25 is 40 percent, and to make matters worse, the labor market is undereducated. This lack of training for young people just out of high school leaves a whole generation in a precarious social position.

Founders of Heroes of the Nation, Bishop Weston and Violet Gitonga, with one of their recent graduates. Violet is director at HTN.

At Heroes of the Nation, we want to be part of the solution to this problem. That is one reason our kids are taught about business from an early age, and the entrepeneurial spirit is instilled in them at every grade. We know that business can become an engine for growth, creating jobs and giving people hope. Our Heroes grow up wanting to bring positive change to their communities, and we teach them that a great way to do that is to bring business to the region.

Hannah with Weston and Violet Gitonga

Because of a very special family from Washington who generously offer grants to our graduates to pursue and start their own businesses, many of our Heroes are able to begin living out their dream of being a business owner immediately after graduation from college. Hannah, who recently earned her degree in interior design, found her niche. Graduating around the time that Kenya outlawed plastic bags, she has opened up shop, and is now sewing and selling grocery bags, curtains and clothing. (Check out Hannah’s story).

Cecelia with the Gitongas

Cecelia, another of our heroes, graduated in 2017 with a certificate in Cosmetology from Rift Valley College. She opened her own salon and shop in Nakuru town and has been serving customers for a few months already.

We couldn’t be more proud of all of our Heroes who study hard and take advantage of every opportunity, continuing to press on even though they face great challenges. They are the change their communities need, and it is a privilege to partner with each and every one of them!

To see how you can help, visit our website at htn.org, or contact us with specific questions.

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