JJF’s Jenga Bizna Donation of Capital Goods to Youth Enterprenuers in Mathare North and Kawangware.
Jonathan Jackson Foundation(JJF), the dedicated custodians of community change, have launched the 2022 building businesses program dubbed “Jenga Bizna Mtaani”. The foundation serves vulnerable populations in Nairobi’s informal settlements through economic empowerment trainings, granting micro and small enterprises and using sports as a tool for social development. On the 9th of February 2022, two youth groups received capital goods fully funded by the foundation to ensure that the members of the group create employment and means of earning income for their households.
Vijana Tujijenge youth group in Mathare North received three fully kitted smoky trolleys with 2 week’s supply of their first inventory. Speaking at the Mathare North Social Hall, Billy Kevin, the youth group’s Treasurer attributed the success of their group to Jonathan Jackson Foundation, “When we formed the group, we had 25 youth members with some who were inactive in group savings and participation in group activities. When JJF (Jonathan Jackson Foundation) met with us, five of us were taken through Mini MBA training where we trained our fellow members on money management and having a savings culture. As a group, we now have 45 active members and boast of 4 boda boda businesses, 1 car wash, 1 local eatery caffe, 1 garbage collection business, 100-seat capacity tent and chairs for hire and water supply business.”
The vision of the Foundation is to build sustainable businesses within the communities. It is not enough to train youths on economic empowerment and to provide mentorship. It is worthwhile to take a step further and help them to build businesses…”Diana Sifuna – CEO, JJF
Diana Sifuna, the Chief Executive Officer of JJF relayed the message from the Chairman, Jonathan Jackson, “The vision of the Foundation is to build sustainable businesses within the communities. It is not enough to train youths on economic empowerment and to provide mentorship. It is worthwhile to take a step further and help them to build businesses – Jenga Bizna. JJF will continue to monitor and evaluate the implementation of Jenga Bizna projects across the communities being supported…”
Kuza Sanaa Youth group that engage in arts and Music performance from Mathare North were also invited to witness the handing over of the capital goods to Vijana Tujijenge. Ms. Christine Adhiambo, the Chairlady of Kuza Sanaa expressed her group’s wish to have partnerships with JJF to help them acquire financial knowledge and skills to enable them to have consistent group savings for sustainable group businesses and investments. At Riruta Stadium in Kawangware, Dagoretti South, Team Change Resist Crime youth group also received a fully kitted smoky trolley with 2 week’s supply of initial inventory for the group business. George Ouma, the beneficiary member of the group said, “JJF continues to support our efforts as reformed youths in the communities by helping us to feed ourselves. This action will positively impact our future generation as well.”