The USTADI strategy revolves around three pillars that are complementary to each other as outlined below.
CDS (Skills) Market facilitation Pillar: This is a platform for creating linkages, brokering and networking among actors. USTADI empowers rural entrepreneurs (mostly youth and women) including CSOs by connecting them with professional (CD) service providers in a targeted and demand driven market environment for prosperity hence the slogan “Empower – Connect – Prosper”. This is complemented by an online platform www.prexkenya.com
CDS Financing Mechanism Pillar: This pillar facilitates re-orientation of existing financing streams as well as developing sustainable financing mechanisms to support CDS. USTADIstimulates and supports the use of professional skills (CD), by rural entrepreneurs by cost- sharing the initial cost of professional CD services required.
National Learning and Advocacy Pillar: This is a learning platform for consolidation of evidence, quality enhancement and policy dialogue on CDS. USTADI support SPs to provide quality services by working with relevant institutions that facilitate standards setting and accreditation. In addition USTADI arranges for knowledge sharing events based on generated evidence.
About PrexKenya: PREX Kenya is an online tendering and procurement portal where professional service providers and users interact to find opportunities, initiate and establish business relationships. The portal is designed for businesses, collaborators and other international, national and local development actors to access information and services for policy, economic, social, technical, institutional, environment and gender development. The portal seeks to promote targeted business interactions between players in different sectors.
When Pamoja Women’s group decided to venture into poultry farming to improve the well-being of the young women group members, they expected that it will be a smooth ride. But no sooner had they started the farming than reality downed on them that it was no mean task to rear poultry.
Pamoja Women Group Success Story
When Peter Elusa first heard about the Youth Empowerment through Commercial Farming project, he was excited. He looked forward to attending training sessions and being paid for it. But he was mistaken and disappointed at first. “I had been used to getting handouts whenever I attended workshops and trainings but what I learned in the training is more valuable than the handouts,” says Elusa.
Jesus is Lord Community-Based Organization Success Story
“My income from poultry has increased and I can use the money to pay my school fees”
Twenty two-year-old Evaline Ong’ore has been involved in small-scale chicken rearing as a hobby but without any skills. The returns were dismal and frustrating since she needed to make money to supplement the horticulture farming she was involved in to help pay her school fees.
Wholistic Empowerment and Development Youth Group (WEYO) Success Story
Apprenticeship drives young hairdresser to start her own salon
Jane Sulubu, 30, trained as hairdresser and beauty therapy but was unable to open a salon. The mother of two settled for life as a housewife, occasionally pleating neighbours and relatives. Jane was selected for an apprenticeship scheme by Moving the Goal Posts. Together with 18 other beneficiaries, she underwent a weeklong entrepreneurship training.
Moving the Goalposts Success Story
Singing their way out of poverty
Having lived in poverty, one would think their songs would shy away from the life they would want to forget—that of struggle. But not for Ali Roba, 25 and Anthony Kigeria, 24. The artists from Kariobangi choose to sing some of the struggles their peers go through in the slums to create awareness.
Uwezo Awareness Organization Success Story
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