Today’s generation of girls are preparing to enter a world of work that is being transformed by innovation and automation. Educated and skilled workers are in great demand, but roughly a quarter of young people – most of them female – is currently neither employed or in education or training. Of the 1 billion young people – including 600 million adolescent girls – that will enter the workforce in the next decade, more than 90 per cent of those living in developing countries will work in the informal sector, where low or no pay, abuse and exploitation are common. Young women are often found in the most marginalized segments of the informal economy with fewer assets, greater risks and lower income. The most disadvantaged girls – have even less access to decent work. To help girls build confidence, pursue education and interests and acquire the skills and training they need to secure decent work or start a business. Through the sustainable
livelihoods program, DoK ensures they can: access learning opportunities, gain transferable skills and transition from school to work.
The program focuses on sectors that do not require high educational requirements to achieve namely; Catering and Hospitality and Dressmaking and Fashion Design. They are also, relatively affordable to enroll the young girls compared to other professional pursuits. The program also integrates the self-help concept where vulnerable girls and young mothers are formally registered into Self-Help Groups where they jointly save and support each other and are linked to the available youth focused devolved funds. Currently the sustainable livelihood program has reached over 300 vulnerable girls and young mothers in the informal settlements of Nairobi who have been organized into Self Help groups. Several of the groups have been formalized and are eligible for financial support from government devolved funds and microfinance institution. DoK has henceforth established a social enterprise; an initiate of the sustainable livelihood in order to train the vulnerable young women as well as ensure sustainability of the organization.