Results and Impact

Since its inception, the project saw the delivery of technical skills training to 3,096 beneficiaries who generated a total income of CHF 135,411 from their businesses. Many youths benefitted from the project intervention of increasing access to financial services through group savings and lending activities. By the end of the second phase, CHF 672,299 had been loaned out and allocated to attend to different needs.

Pilot Phase

Outcome 1: Increase resilience and skills among the host community and refugees

681 trainees (65% refugee and 74% female) enrolled into the project. 527 (53% refugee and 54% female) graduated from the training indicating an overall completion rate of 77%. From a tracer study conducted, business groups comprising of 180 beneficiaries generated a total income of CHF 14,661 from May 2014 – May 2015.

16 learning groups were formed during the phase and from this, 15 mavuno groups (14 from the host community) were established comprising 165 members. During the phase, the mavuno groups reported savings worth CHF 8,884 while loans disbursed to the members amounted to CHF 25,492.

Outcome 2: Empower local authorities and communities on education programming

37 resource persons were trained and improved their delivery and facilitation skills on training modules covering technical, life skills, financial, literacy and numeracy skills. 12 curricula modules were applied.


Phase 2

Outcome 1: Increase access to market-driven skills among the refugees and host community in Kakuma and Kalobeyei settlement

A total of 3,141 trainees (47% refugee and 61% female) enrolled for the  technical training and 2,569 trainees (51% refugee and 62% female) completed the training and graduated. This was against an initial target of 2,350. An 81% completion rate was recorded.

122 learning groups were formed which transitioned into 126 business groups. The active business groups generated a total income of CHF 65,585, while wage and self-employed beneficiaries reported an average monthly income of CHF 148. From the 2,569 trainees who successfully graduated, 1,227 of them were able to generate an average income of CHF 120,750.

Outcome 2: Increase financial and business management capabilities

122 mavuno groups were formed which comprised 1,581 members and a total savings of CHF 392,485. The groups disbursed loans amounting to CHF 940’256. 92% of the loans disbursed went to women who used the money to pay for their children’s school fees (55%), maintain household expenses including constructing semi-permanent homes (25%) and start or restock their businesses (20%).

Outcome 3: Enhance resilience and livelihood coping mechanisms among the refugees and host community in Kakuma and Kalobeyei settlement

2,741 beneficiaries (50% refugee and 62% female) were trained on life and psychosocial skills. To enhance and build the capacities of young mothers from both the host and refugee communities, 6 leadership training sessions were conducted in 2019. 521 participants (60% refugee) attended these sessions.

Outcome 4: Replicable and scale-able skills development model for fragile contexts

The development of a replicable toolkit is underway which will be updated as the project implementation continues during the third phase.


Phase 3

  • 82 Mavuno groups were formed which comprised 372 members and a total savings of CHF 66,799.
  • 70% of Mavuno group members reported using their savings to cater for their business operating requirements, while 17% directed their savings and/or loans towards household needs and education requirements in the household, 10% reported directing the money towards other financial obligations like loan repayments in other groups.
  • Throughout the duration of the project, 358 businesses were established and their total generated income amounts to CHF 318,530.
  • 50% of members have been active members in the business groups a year after the businesses were established. A total of 358 businesses with these active members received support services within the 12 months of them starting their respective businesses.
  • Based on the tracer study conducted in 2022, 21% of graduates in businesses remained in self-employment 12 months after starting their businesses.
  • Some of the highest earning trades included catering, motorcycle repair and phone and computer repair. Graduates earned on average annually through self-employment: Phase I – CHF 13,929; Phase II – CHF 38,998; Phase III – CHF 40,274.