THE TRANSITION PROGRAM IN HAND WITH THE VOLUNTARY LOANS AND SAVING PROGRAM
- Published: Thursday, 09 August 2018 06:19
We are rapidly evolving and learning on how to depend on ourselves, feed ourselves, pay our own bills and make our own life decision without the aid of our families’ friends or peers. We also want to live an exotic life with as minimal struggles as possible, everyone dreams of how their lives will be once they get a job but honestly nowadays employment by an employer is very difficult to get since those in high places will only uplift their families, friends and peers and mostly it is not because they deserve them but because in some way that has become the rule of life.
What happens to the rest of us who have gone to colleges and graduate with great cluster points and have the papers but every time a job opportunity is up they will always ask for a five year experience or even ten year experience, now my question is how will we ever get experienced if we never get opportunities? We have to look for survival alternatives and this is what most youths and also non youths have done. They have started using their talents, passions, hobbies and they have ensured that whatever they get into counts.
After all these people have gone ahead and become some of the most successful people in this country and allow me to say but they are living the life (Charles Kanyi Njagua popularly known as jaguar started off as a simple musician and now is the mp Starehe). Today in life once you hit a rock does not mean that life stops there it is more of a wakeup call for you. And what is more relieving than working on something that you passionate about and love because most of those people earning big loads of money don’t really love their work most of them are just there to pocket the dollar at the end of the day.
Whenever you see passion nurture it and if you had the ability to change a life take it. Ruben centre through the Human Development and Skills Training Program which trains people on kneading, dress making, weaving and beadwork is nurturing passions in these areas and empowering the people of Mukuru community to start up small businesses for themselves. They can also get product loans where they can be purchased a machine with no interest and once they are done paying for it they can take it home with them.
These students are also open to our voluntary loaning and saving where can form small help groups start saving and qualify for loans to help them start up their own businesses. Through these the HDST program ensures that their students will not take the course and once they are done wonder out there searching for jobs like most graduates but rather helps them plan for their future while they are still learning.
The voluntary loaning and saving programs helps these students with soft loans that are interest free for the student unlike the self help groups that repay loans with a 2.5% interest. This program also has very simple criteria and requirement for one to qualify for a loan.
The HDST also came up with a transition program started in 2015 where the graduating students would transfer into work places. This program has been of great benefit to the trained students and also has created a pathway to economic empowerment. Two years after the program begun 17 students were transited out of the program and are really doing well.
This year we have transited 21 students; four students from the weaving department had already transited and are attached in different places and one in the kneading department was transited in April when she was done paying for her machine. We also had nine students from the freelance course and were given work space in the beginning of March and have been transited to give way for others.
On the 7th of August this year we transited seven graduates who are now ready to go and open their own works spaces. Three of them had bought work equipments (suitable with their courses) through the product loan and had also started working before they graduated. Congratulations and we wish you well in all your endeavors.