Ustadi and CTA have jointly implemented the project “Youth economic empowerment through agribusiness in Kenya (VijaBiz)” in the Nakuru and Kilifi counties in Kenya. The project aimed to create sustainable employment for rural youth through active engagement in agribusiness for wealth creation and poverty reduction.
More specifically, VijaBiz built entrepreneurship capacity for 163 youth agribusiness groups in cereals, dairy and fishery value chains in the Kilifi and Nakuru counties. The project facilitated the growth of youth-led enterprises through collaboration with innovative financial service providers, creating market linkages, integrating innovatively digital technologies and enhancing business management capacity.
The project, funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), CTA and Ustadi through grant number 2000001651, started in June 2018 and ran until October 2020. This synthesis presents an overview of VijaBiz’s main activities, outcomes and impact.