The Archdiocese Youth Empowerment Programme (AYEP) is a partnership between Caritas Nairobi (Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi) and the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF). The programme centers on initiatives that engage and empower young people for social and economic development.
Caritas Nairobi, the Aid and Development department of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi, facilitates community based empowerment and poverty eradication projects. We believe that the action of the Church affects community lives in a large number of ways and that the contribution of an engaged society and especially the youth is necessary for sustainable community development.
Youth Enterprise Development Fund a state corporation under the Ministry of devolution and planning, was established to address the challenges of youth unemployment in Kenya. Since its inception, the Fund has continued to create employment opportunities for the Kenyan youth through enterprise development, market support linkages, facilitating jobs abroad as well as commercial infrastructure.
Caritas and YEDF have shared objectives, which form the foundation of this partnership, initiated to draw a larger youth membership. The AYEP partnership, a first of its kind, will set learning and networking platforms for the youth in our communities while at the same time taking advantage of the existing opportunities offered by YEDF and other County and national Government initiatives.
-:To expand access to finance and capital fry out entrepreneurship throughout the Archdiocese.
-:To expand collaborations between government initiatives and youth enterprise.
-:Provide business incubation services through consulted efforts with relevant stakeholders.
-: Increase business management skills through relevant training.
-: To identify talent identification and development.
Achievements since inception:
-: Over 54 groups have joined the programme
-: Individual members are 2,000
-: 20 groups have been funded.
-: 5 groups have received second loans
-: The highest loan to be disbursed is Ksh. 400, 000.
-:A total of Ksh3.7 million loans issued