Zyther Malika is a 22 year old girl hailing from Shanzu in Kisauni sub-county. Being a High school graduate from St. Steven Shatsala in western Kenya, and due to lack of college fees, Zyther joined her elder sister in Mombasa and started working as a book shop seller but due to several challenge at the work place she had to leave work. Later she got a job as a house maid and worked for six months.
“After high school I wanted to go to college but due to lack of college fees I had to seek for some odd jobs to cater for my needs. All along I have had an urge to be an entrepreneur but I had no clarity on which kind of business I wished to do.” Said Zyther.
Zyther shared that he heard about Kwacha Afrika Imarisha Vijana center from a friend who also had attended the skill building training and hence she inquired about the services and secured a position to be trained in basic business skills.
“After being registered as a participant at Kwacha Afrika Imarisha Center I enrolled for a 10 days business skills training in which I learnt the basic business and career skills in writing business proposals, customer service, budgeting, pricing my products, market research, CV writing among others. After the training I was lucky to be picked and I joined Kisauni polytechnic for Hair dressing course in which I have gained extensive skills, and this has given me the confidence to start my part time salon business at home in which in a week I can serve between 7 to 10 customer and gain between Ksh.50 to Ksh.500 a day. Late last year I managed to find a part time job as a waitress at local café in which has helped me to supplement my earnings and savings” She said.
Zyther wishes to encourage youths to be hopeful and always have vision for their lives, to be close to faith based institution for personal growth and guidance into the right direction, and that they can join development groups for their wellbeing. Also she reiterated the importance of young people knowing their purpose and nurturing their skills and talents.