Mombasa slum residents to benefit from sustainable livelihood project

The project provides employment and entrepreneurship training over 12 months in Kenya’s second largest city.

Mombasa slum residents are set to benefit from a sustainable livelihood project, to be rolled out by Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO).

The initiative funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF) to the time of Ksh28.3 million, will empower the slum dwellers with entrepreneurial and employability skills.

Speaking on the initiative, Saadia Madsbjerg, President, The Coca-Cola Foundation said, “We recognize the challenges faced by the women in Mombasa and in so many communities across Africa and we are proud to be part of the solution that will help them not just survive but thrive. We are excited about building economic resilience for these women, and we look forward to the testimonials of changed lives and renewed hope that will follow from this program.”

The 12-month initiative will target for urban poor women and youth.

The initiative is meant to address issues faced by many residents in the slums like access to basic services like education, healthcare, and sanitation, and become more susceptible to economic hardship and domestic and community violence.

“One of the enormous challenges faced by urban slum dwellers in Kenya is lack of consistent and/or dignified work. SHOFCO has been working with women and youth in the slums for more than a decade. We seek to combat the systemic challenges that perpetuate urban poverty. With additional resources from TCCF, we will be able to scale our work across additional slums and support more women and youth,” said Kennedy Odede, CEO SHOFCO.

It is hoped that this can help to improve economic opportunities and dignified work for slum dwellers.  The “Economic Empowerment for Youth and Women Living in the Urban Informal Settlements of Mombasa” program offers a range of opportunities focused on entrepreneurship and employability, based on the different educational and professional backgrounds of individuals in the slums.

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