In 2014, I Joined Business Association Club, a student-run organization, recognized in the USIU-Africa charter which nurtures and empowers its members by broadening their networks, offering leadership skills, teaching corporate etiquette, and educating on specialized business practices. I served as club president for the year 2015-2016 where I spearheaded the amendment of the USIU-Africa SACCO to accommodate staff, faculty and students as well as their immediate family members with the aim of providing avenue for the students to make personal savings, access loans to start small businesses. I also led to the inaugural “Annual Economic Forum 2014” that brought together economic think tanks, academicians, industrial experts with over 400 delegates (University students) selected from 25 universities across Kenya. The conference endeavored to foster active youth engagement as an integral component to Kenya’s economic evolution.
Apparently, we have managed to conduct two more effective conferences engaging more youth than ever before. Additionally, as the club present, I managed to initiate viable income generating projects with the goal of increasing the club’s funding and financial performance through activities such as graduation sales, entrepreneurship, leadership, networking cocktail dinners, corporate trainings, charitable activities etc. I managed to increase the club finances by over Ksh. 0.5 million with over 300% growth in membership within a period of one year. Based on the experience I gained through daily interactions with the youth, I realized there existed a great gap with regard to youth empowerment as manifested through the glaring youth unemployment rates in Kenya and most of the parts in the developing world. As a result, in early 2015 I founded FuturInvest Kenya; a youth based organization that equips young people (age 18-35) with entrepreneurial skills, table banking, leadership, job search market skills through capacity building and training programs.
To this effect, I have written an unpublished thesis on “Contributions of Uwezo Fund to Youth Empowerment in Kenya” (Uwezo Fund is an affirmative fund by the Kenyan government for the youth to help them start and operate small businesses based on the group model). Ultimately, I have participated and engaged in various International conferences bearing themes touching the youth inclusion and development including the UNCTAD 14, ASHOKA Foundation, Safaricom ltd among other corporate organisers. My vision is to see an empowered young person; socially, economically and politically. A self-reliant young person.