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Update February 2017
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Sote Hub goes to Kwale County

Sote Hub is expanding to Kwale as new project area. Beginning March, we will roll out ICT training for Kwale youth through partnership with the Kwale County Government, Biashara Centre.
 
Kwale is one of the six coastal counties with an area of 8,270.2 Km², of which 62 Km Sq forms a coastline south of Mombasa. Perhaps better known for the pristine Diani Beach which according to the latest Travellers’ Choice Awards (Best of 2015), TripAdvisor ranked Diani Beach 22nd best beach in the world.  But there is more and Kwale also boasts of the Shimoni caves, Wasini Island, the Shimba Hills National Reserve and Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary, part of the Tsavo National Park, Sheldrick Falls and Maji Moto Springs.


Kwale has a competitive edge in terms of trade, industry, mining and tourism due to its strategic location and natural assets. However, the youth unemployment and underemployment remains a major challenge.
February 22, 2017; Sote Hub and Kwale Biashara Centre signed a partnership agreement to train the youth groups in ICT and employability/ business skills.  Signing on behalf of the county was Hon. Safina Kwekwe, Chief Executive Committee Member  Trade and Cooperative Development and Samson Charo, Director Trade and Cooperative Development while David Ogiga, Director and Harry Mwailengo, Centre Manager on behalf of Sote Hub and in the presence of county officials.

Sote Hub as technical partner and Kwale County Government as custodian will work together to;
  1. Offer ICT and other tailored trainings to the citizenry of the County
  2. Support capacity building programmes in areas of entrepreneurship and skills development for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with a focus on youth, women and people with disabilities.
  3. Support the identification and development of livelihood opportunities and especially use of ICT to enhance business, access to finance, marketing and sales

 

Hon. Safina Kwekwe while welcoming the new partnership, noted that Kwale County government commits to work with its people towards unlocking their own development potential and that the new agreement will enhance skills and create more opportunities for the various groups in the county.
Speaking at the same event, David Ogiga noted that, besides the ICT training which the immediate goal is, Sote Hub sees Kwale as a strategic partner and the next destination for the Sote ICT Secondary Schools program which has been hugely successful in Taita Taveta County.
 
Kwale Biashara Centre
Kwale Biashara Centre is a one stop shop that strives to prepare and nurture entrepreneurs to start and grow their own businesses to bridge the gap between Kenya’s young and growing population that is searching for opportunities, with linkages and skills to access the markets. The Centre is a joint initiative between the county government and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). To learn more about Kwale Biashara Centre;

Sote Hub

Sote Hub is Kenya’s first rural based tech incubator established in Voi, Taita Taveta and which started as an ICT project for rural schools since 2010. The program main goal is to increase the employability, entrepreneurial skills and adeptness of Kenyan youth to the job market and business by nurturing practical ICT and business skills. The Sote ICT Schools Project on the other hand has to date reached 6000 students in 12 schools in Taita while the Hub presently hosts 15 startups as the first cohort. Sote ICT project is a joint project of Pontis Foundation and Kasigau Wildlife Trust and has been financially supported by Slovak Aid since 2010. 

To learn more about Sote Hub and Sote ICT Project and how to partner with us;
www.sotehub.com

To learn more about Slovak Aid
www.slovakaid.sk 

To learn more about Pontis Foundation
www.pontisfoundation.sk
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