Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Project (KYEOP) is a transformational project that aims to empower and uplift the well being of the youth in Kenya by equipping them with essential training, internship and business grant opportunities. The development objective of KYEOP is to increase employment and earning opportunities among targeted young people across Kenya. The project aims to reach over 280,000 youth during the project period.
The main beneficiaries of the project are youth between 18-29 years of age (with some component extending up to 35 years) who are jobless and have experienced extended spells of unemployment or who are currently working in vulnerable jobs. The level of education of targeted beneficiaries will be up to Form 4. The project will reach youth within selected counties in urban and rural areas.
Support for job Creation responds to the need for job creation with initiatives to help launch new businesses, improve the productivity and job creation potential of existing micro-enterprises and among self-employed youth, and support innovative approaches to improving job and earning opportunities among the hard-to-reach youth.
It addresses key constraints and market failures that limit the demand for youth employment and their productivity once in employment.
This component aims at assisting youth in Kenya to acquire the skills and capital required to help them in generating an income as an Entrepreneur “Mfanyabiashara”.
It includes two subcomponents:
- Support for self-employed Provides Grants and Business Development Services (BDS) to the youth who are in or want to begin a business.
- Catalytic interventions for job creation Supports innovative interventions to create jobs for targeted youths by financing business plan competition targeting high potential young entrepreneurs.