Entrepreneurship and Skills Development

SRI acknowledges education as the most important tool for transforming societies. Within the rural setting in our operations, there are many families facing challenges to education such as lack of school fees or inaccessibility to affordable, quality education. Coupled with that is a high turnover of youthful school leavers and dropouts with no tangible life skills to sustain them in order that they can be productive members of society. This has often led to challenges in young people resorting to crime or alcohol and substance abuse, making them become a burden to society. 

Celebrating the Newest Doctor from Okana Community

On Friday 23 rd December 2022, the Okana Community celebrated the graduation of Caroline AkinyiOnyango. Caroline graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from KabarakUniversity, Kenya. She is one of the pioneering graduates in Medicine in the...

World Contraception Day

As a way of empowering local youth from Okana community, SRI in partnership with Y-Act, had a privilege of joining the world in Celebrating World Contraception Day at St. Benedicts Nyang’oma School in Muhoroni Sub-County on 25th September 2020.  The celebration...

Nyakakana FC Lifts SRI 2022 Tournament

The curtains came down on the 2022 SRI Annual Football Tournament on 18th December 2022, same day as the finals of the World Cup. Nyakakana Football Club emerged the winners of the tournament winning the trophy and a cash award of Ksh. 12,000. This was after a...

Expert Briefing for Budget Tracking

SRI being part of Expert Briefing, to analyse Quarterly Budget Implementation Report for Q1 & Q2 of Financial Year 2021/2022. Focus being accelerating public knowledge on budget tracking within the grassroots.

SRI at Africities 2022

SRI is currently represented in the Africities Summit in Kisumu running through 17th to 21st May 2021. Key to SRI as part of the Development partners within the region is the alarming rate of urban population that continue posting challenges to both growth and...

Africities Pre-Youth Forum

The condition within Africa can only allow youth to be by standard, if policies and regulations supporting the same are implemented to the latter. Today, Kisumu Africities 9 / Africités 9 Summit Pre-Youth Forum held at Rotary Innovation Center - Kisumu, saw several...

72nd World Health Day

7th April 2022 marks the 72nd World health day anniversary. This not only marks the formation WHO, but also makes the world understand the importance of universal health coverage. Sustainable Rural Initiatives joined @TUELIMISHE VIJANA CBO to commemorate the day...

Tree Planting with Students

The rainy season is here with us to support more agricultural and environmental growth. How often do you plant trees within your surrounding? In our quest to support other environmental actors in realizing at least 1% tree coverage in Kisumu County, Sustainable Rural...

Vijana na Kilimo

In our quest to support agricultural value chain addition among the young farmers, SRI joined Brighter Mondays and GIZ in launching a youth program called "VIJANA NA KILIMO. This was launched at Kisumu National Polytechnic with clear focus to breaking the agricultural...

MeTA Kenya Alliance Capacity Building

MeTA Kenya Alliance CSOs two days capacity building on: 1. Gender responsive budgeting and effective public participation; 2. Leveraging on Alliances and partnerships - Kisumu CSOs eco-system; 3. Development of memoranda, proposals, problem statements and effective...

Gender Sector Working Group Meeting

Men and women are affected differently by political violence In the case of women – and although we recognise that women do not form a homogeneous group and that their experience may differ depending on various factors including their class, ethnicity and perceived or...
Skills Development

Most rural youths and women lack employable skills. In rural areas, only 5% of youths proceed to higher levels of learning. There is thus high dropout rates from formal learning. While we encourage and support formal education and training, we have to also equip youths and women, who opt not to continue with academic learning with technical and vocational skills to enhance their employability. We have established workshops for skills training and adopted accredited Competency Based Curricula (CBC) approved by the Technical, Vocational Education, and Training Authority (TVET). SRI offers training on:

  • Carpentry and joinery 
  • Tailoring and dress making 
  • Organic agriculture 
  • ICT trainings 
  • Skills acceleration projects

These trainings are offered through the SRI Vocational Training Centre which was registered in 2020.


Entrepreneurship skills are important in creating new opportunities in rural communities. It also facilitates utilization of skills training to create new startups, businesses and enterprises. These is a much better way of addressing rural youth unemployment. SRIs entrepreneurship program includes:

  • Business plan development
  • Value chains
  • Internships and mentorships
  • Labour market analysis.
  • Engagements with the private sector.
  • Access to capital
  • Financial literacy

We support our eight partner schools through;

  • Strengthen teaching and learnings, school leadership and management .
  • Equipment and facilities.
  • Scholarships and bursaries for needy students.
  • Community dialogues and other school projects .
  • Integrating ICTs in Education
  • Learning through Play 
  • Community library 
We  have achieved the following;

  • Supported 23 students in the scholarship program. 4 students from the program are currently in University.
  • Registered with TVET and CDAC 
  • Established skills workshop for carpentry and tailoring
  • Developed approved training programs for carpentry, joinery and tailoring.
  • Acquired state of the art carpentry and tailoring equipment.
  • Trained 25 youth in carpentry
  • Trained 20 women in tailoring
  • Held 9 ICT training sessions.
  • Established operational community library with 1500 books.
  • Registered 42 community members as library users.