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65 entrepreneurs graduate at MKU

By Metro Reporter

Sixty-five Kenyans graduated at Mount Kenya University (MKU) after undergoing a six-month training on CITI entrepreneurship and micro finance incubation.

The Sh2.4 million project was sponsored by CITI and facilitated by MKU and the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI). Participants were drawn from Tharaka, Meru, Embu, Machakos and Kitui Counties.
The first phase of the project was done last year where 20 graduated. According to MKU Associate Dean School of Business and Economics, Emma Anyika, the graduands are unique since most of them have other primary tasks but the dedication and commitment towards their training was unparallel.
 “I remember the field attachment surveys and the day visits with nostalgia has I recall traversing Tharaka and Mbere regions to oversee the implementation of the CITI entrepreneurs’ projects. We were always very much welcomed by our graduands and easily taken around the terrains of the two regions with great ease as the members of the public witnessed the great association by unlikely associates. Our micro finance graduands for another exceptional group, being the first in the micro finance programme, they took on every challenge set before them and emerged the best in every testing experience they encountered,” said Anyika.
She urged them to use the skills they had learnt to go and better the spreading of the innovation to their respective community and society.
While presiding over the graduation ceremony MKU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Stanley Waudo said the partnership between Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Mount Kenya University and the farmers would add value to the initiatives.
“We at Mount Kenya University take pride in the success of the CITI entrepreneurship program and Micro finance incubation that are founded on the principles of inculcating and incubating entrepreneurial skills,” said the VC.
KEFRI Deputy Director in charge of forest productivity and improvement, Dr Jane Wangu Njuguna said the MKU – KEFRI entrepreneurship training programme aims to develop tailor-made curriculum for training project communities shared by MKU and KEFRI.
The occasion was also attended by CITI International Programme Coordinator, William Omondi, MKU DVC, Linkages and Resource Mobilisation, Prof John Nderitu (pictured above), Dean of Schools and representative of KEFRI Director, Dr Ben Chimai and Deputy Director, Dr. B.N. Kigumo. Others were Humphrey Gaya Cyprian, Programme Officer, Prisca Makena , Project Assistant and the Project Coordinator, William Omondi Oloo.


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