Violet Mbithi – CEO Youth County Projects
Violet Mbithi joined WECREATE Kenya entrepreneurship center, with little entrepreneurial skills. She had however registered a company and was struggling to keep it running. She joined Startup Academy Flight 2 in May 2016 and in keeping with SA tenet “Stop Talking, Start Doing, she approached the County Government of Taita in July 2nd 2016 to make a sale for her services under provision of a Social Entrepreneurship venture called the “Improved cook stoves project” which created 40 jobs for youth who are currently earning Kshs 5,000 (USD 50) per Jiko as the labor fee paid for constructing the stoves in various households.
The venture is still ongoing and is creating jobs for the Youth, reduces deforestation and indoor air pollution. Contributing to the 3rd goal of the SDGs on reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from pollution-related diseases. Vijana Network International Limited earned USD 2,000 from the project.
Due to the success of the project in Taita Taveta County, The County Government of Siaya approached Violet and together she is going to train Youth on the Improved cookstoves project where she will not only create jobs for Youth but as a company she will generate revenue from the venture, sustaining the project.
The book keeping skills Violet learnt through the WECREATE Program have enabled her learn how to account for money and instill self-discipline. The training on the importance of having a team has enabled her to build a team of 6 members of her core team namely project manager, communications manager, business development manager, finance manager, procurement manager. She also has 28 County Coordinators in her team who assist her in engaging the County Governments. She also has a minimum of 50 youth groups per County.
“I had desired to bring youth from various counties together and with the support of the WECREATE Center, I focused on the goal to set up improved cookstoves at Siaya County and this has come to pass as the County Government has endorsed it.” Violet said.