People Living With disabilities ( PLWDs) face obstacles to finding employment or setting up a company, and getting self-employed. There are physical and social barriers of prejudice and lack of trust that this group of people can run their own business—the KYEOP program considers the unique needs of people with physical or other types of disabilities to improve the opportunities for these (small) entrepreneurs.
Before getting his first KYEOP cycle 5 grant, Franklin Mogaka suffered paraplegia after a road accident. Due to his disability, he could not even leave the house and depended on an aide to assist him with physical mobility. His mother helped him set up a mitumba selling business which is housed at her salon. The income from these businesses sustains their family and pays for his physiotherapy sessions. He is very grateful to KYEOP for the grant and his mother, who has been his support system. He plans to use the second tranche to set up Mpesa services at the shop.
KYEOP has reached many youths who can operate a business but lack financial means, financial skills training, and business coaching because of their disability. They have developed themselves as successful entrepreneurs and are now able to sustain themselves and their families.
Disability is not inability; another inspiring story from Mr. Daniel Makau, a KYEOP beneficiary who is also a person living with disability. Mr. Makau was born with a speech alteration and a physical posture disability condition. He owns a kiosk that he had started a month before receiving the first tranche. After receiving the funds, he stocked up on fast-moving commodities. He plans to add Mpesa services at the shop upon receiving the second tranche.