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Talanta na Kazi – Sarakasi Trust

Talanta na Kazi

This project is funded by the U.S. Embassy Nairobi and was designed to use the arts as a vehicle to promote social change and economic empowerment among vulnerable youth in the coastal region.  More specifically, the project is to build the professional capacity of the participants, develop their skills with the goal of gainful employment in their respective fields, and teach them how to be leaders and agents of social change in their communities.  We thank the U.S. Embassy Nairobi for giving us the opportunity and platform to implement this important program. 

Talanta na Kazi uses the Arts to Promote Jobs, Social Entrepreneurship in Mombasa and Kilifi Counties. 

The project has been designed to make a wide spread positive impact among youth, both male and female, in the vulnerable region of the coast of Kenya and will do so by sustainably using the arts, key trainings, mentorship as well as community service and volunteerism. 

The ultimate goal of the program is to empower the participating youth so that they become eligible for real jobs so that their lives are transformed, creating an ongoing positive cycle that results in other generations’ enhanced lives and discourages them from falling into destructive or otherwise negative behavior. 



In addition, we will build their leadership skills and otherwise empower them with knowledge that will build their character into responsible citizens and empowered youth. 

Lastly, by being enrolled in this activity, the youth will have an opportunity to network amongst one another, while learning on the job. 

This is how 500 talented youth, 250 in Kilifi and 250 in Mombasa have been enrolled in our training program for the period of one year. This entails trainings, mentorships and workshops one week each month and peer to peer trainings once every two weeks. 

The overall Goal is to use the arts as a means for economic empowerment to secure jobs, promote social entrepreneurship in established creative hubs in Mombasa and Kilifi Counties; to connect them with mentors and trainers that can give them ongoing support and training, and empower them with knowledge through relevant business and marketing training. 

The ultimate outcome of this project is to connect them to available and sustainable jobs at the end of the project period.