Hotel Isimbi is just the beginning

Initial vocational education and training
26.01.2023
Janete fled from her home country Rwanda to Kenya in 2014. Despite having started off with little in the Kakuma refugee camp, she founded her own catering business thanks to training.

The Kakuma Refugee Camp and Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement hosts refugees from 22 nationalities (UNHCR 2019). In this setting, Swisscontact supports refugees and the host community to move from humanitarian support to a lasting development pathway and self-reliance. The Skills for Life (S4L) project, financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, enhances refugees’ access to technical skills training, financial, life and literacy skills so that they have better livelihood prospects and income opportunities.

Janete Inadukunda

One of the refugees is 29-year-old single mother Janete, who lives with her three children in Kakuma refugee camp. After fleeing Rwanda, she first had to find her way around the camp. Together with other refugees and people from the host community, she took part in training provided by the Skills for Life project. Thanks to the project, she received financial education and developed her cooking skills as well as her soft skills. These skills allowed her to fulfil her dream to work in the catering trade and start her own catering business. Business is going well and she hopes to expand it into a big hotel someday.

"Even when I was younger, I always dreamt of being a cook but I didn’t have the resources to learn. "
Janete Inadukunda, participant in the Skills for Life project - cookery trade
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,...