Hard work pays off – building a screen printing and graphic design business in Kakuma 

Initial vocational education and training
20.01.2023
Bonface and Clement started their business called Clearface Printers after completing the Skills for Life training as screen printers 6 years ago.

In the Kakuma Refugee Camp and Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement, Swisscontact supports refugees and the host community to move from humanitarian support to a lasting development pathway. The Skills for Life (S4L) project strengthens the income-generating capabilities of unemployed youth by enhancing their access to technical skills training, financial, life and literacy skills for improved livelihoods.

27-year-old Clement and 26-year-old Bonface moved to Kakuma town from Kitale, which is approximately 305 km away. The two young entrepreneurs produce t-shirts and mugs, and brand books and signboards. Managing the business was challenging, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the effort they put into it has paid off. Thanks to skills development and hard work, Bonface and Clement have been able to increase their income. Today, Clearface Printers offers services, graphic design and screen printing as well as training to the local community.

"Since our business has grown to a certain level, we found out there were people who were interested in graphic and design and the business we are doing so we’ve been able to train some of the people from the community. "
Bonface Masibo, participant in the Skills for Life project - screen printing trade

The Skills for Life project is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and implemented by Swisscontact.

Kenya
Labour market insertion, Initial vocational education and training
Promoting Life Skills and Livelihoods (S4L)
Turkana County, the second-largest county in Kenya boasts of an estimated population of 926,976 with young people below the age of 19 years, accounting for 60% of the population. Classified as the most impoverished county, 79% of its people are living in poverty with illiteracy levels rising to 82%.  Despite the high levels of marginalization,...