Oct 23, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
By Esther Honig
Junior Achievement fuels the entrepreneurs of tomorrow in Kenya



Headquartered in Nairobi, Junior Achievement Kenya is a subsidiary of Junior Achievement Worldwide, one of the world's largest and fastest growing nonprofit organizations committed to preparing the next generation of entrepreneurs for success in a global economy.

Since 1999, Junior Achievement Kenya has reached at least 175,000 students with the support of 17,000 volunteers and 14 branches throughout the country. 

Through hands-on training in work-readiness, business and financial literacy, Junior Achievement (JA) works with traditionally underserved youth to give them the tools they need to generate income and effectively manage it.

“We ran a very successful fast foods business and reported more than 100% return on our investment,” reports Steve Biko, a JA Kenya alum, who participated in the organization’s Company Program. One of JA’s most successful initiatives, this program allows students to run and manage their own businesses. For Steve, it gave him the skills and knowledge he would later apply in his professional career.

“I have become a more proactive employee,” he explains. “In our JA company, we never waited for another person to take initiative on our behalf. Whenever we saw an opportunity we pursued it.”

Thanks to experience gained through JA, Steve landed an internship at an international business where he works today as a manager.

“Participating in JA prepared me for work life,” he says. “I am grateful for JA for having given us that opportunity.”

In a country where youth unemployment is as high as 40%, demand for resources like Junior Achievement is growing. Kiva loans will enable the organization to continue to deliver its programs with greater outreach and with a goal of targeting more out-of-school youth.

Make a loan to a Junior Achievement borrower today.

Want to learn more about Junior Achievement? Check out its partner profile page [ADD LINK] or send us an email at blog@kiva.org.

 

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Yes this is my dream... the African dream, because we are tired of Aid that doen't change anything but perpetuate the cycle of hunger and encourage lazyness. Hands up not handouts is the way forward for Africa. I am here to replicate this experience in DR Congo.

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Esther Honig was born in San Francisco, but raised in Denver Colorado. In 2009 after graduating from high school, Esther lived in Mexico City where she studied Spanish, Latin American Literature and History at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In 2010 Esther enrolled at Mills College where she was reintroduced to the vibrant culture of the San Francisco Bay Area. Esther considers herself a lifelong student of the arts and culture. Since the age of eight she has pursued dance, classical ballet and modern-contemporary, as both a passion and a creative outlet granting her insight and experience into the creative process. Esther has found her latest passion in radio journalism. In 2011-2012 she studied under KALW director Holly Kernan to produce two radio documentary pieces, both of which have aired on KALW. In May 2012 she graduated with honors from Mills College with a degree in Spanish, Spanish-American Studies. Honig applies he knack for language in the area of literary translations where she works with poetry and novels that have never before been translated. In the future Esther hopes to pursue opportunities in journalism and translations.

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