INTRODUCTION

More than often,Persons with disabilities are left out when it comes to different aspects of life.and this is true when it comes to employment. Obstacles and barriers faced by persons with disabilities makes it hard for them to find and sustain gainful employment .Lack of trainig on skills and employers lack of awareness on disability inclusion increases the challenges faced by person with employment in work environment. Also in the informal sector lack of financial support and business skills by persons with disabilities makes it harder for them to start and sustain their own business.UDPK in recognition of these and other challenges we are involved in Inclusive employment Project and related work that deals to ensure persons with disabilities have access to job opportunities and a fair chance to start their own bussiness.

OBJECTIVES

  • To collaborate and work  with partners in offering training on Business Skills and knowledge to persons with disabilities on how to open and run their own business
  • To engage with potential employers and train them on the importance of  engaging persons with disabilities in their companies
  • Creating awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities concerning employment and work
  • Creation of materials that Employers could use as a guide on engaging persons with disabilities in their work environment
  • Involved in Processes of making recommendation for laws and policies that concern working for persons with disabilities

OBJECTIVE ONE:

To collaborate with partners in training on Business Skills and Soft skills to persons with disabilities

Persons with disabilities need to be equipped with business knowledge on how they can open and run their own business ventures or be imparted with more knowledge on the same if they are running their business already,some areas of training include

  • Writing Business Plan-well thought out business plan that you’ll be able to submit to a financial institution in order to request a loan or to potential investors for equity financing in your business.
  • Developing Marketing Plan-The Marketing plan explains how entrepreneurs can increase sales by attracting and retaining customers and increasing business profits in the long term.Including activities as branding and others
  • Customer Service-Good customer service can be the difference between being able to compete and survive and failing for small businesses. This area discusses what good customer service is and guides you on how to assess and improve customer service in your small business. Excellent customer service creates loyal customers for life who are willing to refer your business to friends, family, and colleagues.
  • Book-Keeping-This focuses on skills on financial and record management.
  • Training persons with disabilities on soft skill as communication and other related skills to help in navigating work environment

OBJECTIVE TWO:

To engage with potential employers and train them on employment and disability issues

UDPK engages with Employers both in the formal and informal sector to sensitize and train them on issues concerning persons with disabilities and employment.This will involve

  • Training the employers on the employment Rights of persons with disabilities and ways on how they can engage them in employment.
  • Making a disability case to them on why they should employ persons with disabilities
  • To keep database for Person with disabilities and provide the information to potential employers in case of arising opportunity.

OBJECTIVE THREE:

Creation of Inclusive Employment materials

To guide and help employers on matters dealing with employment and disability,UDPK develops some guidelines and inclusive Employment tool kit,that could be used by employers to :

  • Have knowledge on how to engage persons with disability in their work environment
  • uphold rights of persons with disabilities in their campaniles
  • have knowledge on the legal framework in disability movement and employment
  • Enhance skills and experiences of their employees who have disabilities

 

OBJECTIVE FOUR:

Involved in Processes of making recommendation for laws and policies that concern employment for persons with disabilities

UDPK has been involved in the forums and processes that have been constituted to address the issues of employment and disabilities. inclusive employment Laws and polices in Government department and agencies that deal with employment  have to be aligned to address the emerging employment trends in disability and work environment,UDPK has been involved in contributing and formulation of some employment policies and laws as 

  • Disability Act,Diversity policy for public service and Kenya Constitution 2010-For non-discrimination in work place.
  • Monitor the implementation of constitutional provisions concerning employment and disability

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Date:20th March, 2020

Country: KENYA

Name of the person interviewed: VALENTINE, LAIKIPIA COUNTY

Waiting for valentine to send me the photo: she was supposed to send at 3, but not yet

 

Above: Valentine and other member of Laikipia disabled women organization making soap and other sanitary essentials

“I HAD TO SPEAK UP”

Introduction

Valentine is a single mother of four children, she has physical disability and she is the founder and member of Laikipia disabled women network. That is umbrella organization for disabled women organizations in Laikipia County

Hailing from Laikipia County and residing in Nanyuki town, the 50 years old valentine has the energy and drive to advocate for women rights and provide for her family

 

 

Story

 

Valentine is both an advocate for disabled women rights and a business woman, Having separated from her husband a while ago, the onus of taking care of her children fell squarely on her shoulders and been a loving and optimistic mother, she took the challenge head on and despite the difficulties faced, valentine positive life outlook is almost infectious. She proudly told me that she is the “Advocacy champion for disabled women rights”

Valentine has been involved in efforts geared towards advocating for disabled women rights. Through one of these advocacy activities and trainings by various organizations including the UDPK is how she got introduced to the inbussiness project. She told me a story of how one of the projects, which she was involved, that dealt with empowerment issues for women and capacity building for self-advocacy was coming to an end. Then together with other group members were wondering what they will do next. Then she raised her Voice towards the end of the meeting and asked if anything could be done to ensure some form of continuity and keep the momentum gained going.Luckly, she received some practical feedback and that is how they were introduced to inbussiness project. To her inbussiness project involves not only business training but also capacity building of individuals involved and their communities at large.

Valentine is personally involved in several types of businesses; she sells second hand clothes (mitumba) at Nanyuki town. Members of other DPOs are involved in various forms of businesses: some make sanitary essentials like soap, bead making, making masks and green grocer .She say the training they have received from the inbussiness project concerning basic business concept such as book keeping, customer relationship and customer relation has not only made running a business bit easy, but it has also seen tangible improvements in revenue streams.

Valentine is quick to point out that since been involved in inbussiness project, other partners have created interest to work with them in various projects and programs including the national and county Governments, Kwao, Water for health and others.

It is valentine contention that this project has “opened doors for us” and families of women with disability and community in general are better off. “Having been visited by senior staff of the Light for the World was one of my highlight this year” Valentine tells me, before happily adding that, “they promised to come again”.

 

 

 

 

 

Date:20th March, 2020

Country: KENYA

Project: INBUSSINESS PROJECT

Name of the person interviewed: VALENTINE, LAIKIPIA COUNTY

Above: Valentine and other member of laikipia disabled women organization making soap and other sanitary essentials

“I HAD TO SPEAK UP”

Introduction

Valentine is a single mother of four children, she has physical disability and she is the founder and member of Laikipia disabled women network. That is umbrella organization for disabled women organizations in Laikipia County

Hailing from Laikipia County and residing in Nanyuki town, the 50 years old valentine  has the energy and drive to advocate for women rights and provide for her family

 

 

Story

 

Valentine is both an advocate for disabled women rights and a business woman, Having separated from her husband a while ago, the onus of taking care of her children fell squarely on her shoulders and been a loving and optimistic mother she took the challenge head on. Despite the difficulties faced, valentine positive life outlook is almost infectious. She proudly told me that she is the “champion for disabled women rights”

 

 

 

Peter nahason is 50 old and a chairperson of the disability umbrella organization, Meru North Association of persons with disability. Under the umbrella there are several Disabled Persons Organization affiliated. Having physical disability and raising a child with intellectual disability has not been a walk in the park for peter.Coupled with mirrored of difficulties for him personally and dealing with societal barriers and perceptions has always aggravated his difficult circumstance. “The reason why I keep going and getting up in the morning is because of my daughter”, peter tells me.No matter how hard things get, at back of his mind he knows he has family looking up to him.

Peter has been involved in Disability advocacy through grassroots mobilization and having attended training organized by Light for the World and UDPK his understanding of the inbussiness project is informed by activities and actions that je has been involved in.”The, inbussiness project for me, as I understand it, is offering help, in terms of training and capacity building to small business owners and groups and also show how people can advocate for themselves”. These training through the project have enabled “me and our members in the organization to be exposed more to disability related advocacy, network building and collaboration as well as with business know-how” 

Been a small scale miraa (Khat) farmer, he sells locally, but during the boom period he sells to other far flung regions in the county. Without basic business skills ,peter says that “it is challenging to run such a business without the necessary support and business knowledge ” .After the training and employing the skills learned  peter says his business saw commendable improvements, in terms  revenue and personnel morale. Human resource management and customer relation are some of the skills that pushed the business margins forward and took care of the bottom line for him. So taking care of the family becomes manageable.

Peter pointed out that the training offered by the concerned organization has assisted him personally and other member of the DPOs in Meru North Consistency on how to add value to their products in their small businesses, customer retention, customer relation and writing business proposal and searching for funds. This skill gained has seen some business owned by beneficiaries in the area improve tremendously and some loses that were been made before, due to lack of knowledge on some basic business concepts  are controlled

Date:20th March, 2020

Country: KENYA

Project: INBUSSINESS PROJECT

Name of the person interviewed: VALENTINE, LAIKIPIA COUNTY

Above: Valentine and other member of laikipia disabled women organization making soap and other sanitary essentials

“I HAD TO SPEAK UP”

Introduction

Valentine is a single mother of four children, she has physical disability and she is the founder and member of Laikipia disabled women network. That is umbrella organization for disabled women organizations in Laikipia County

Hailing from Laikipia County and residing in Nanyuki town, the 50 years old valentine  has the energy and drive to advocate for women rights and provide for her family

 

 

Story

 

Valentine is both an advocate for disabled women rights and a business woman, Having separated from her husband a while ago, the onus of taking care of her children fell squarely on her shoulders and been a loving and optimistic mother she took the challenge head on. Despite the difficulties faced, valentine positive life outlook is almost infectious. She proudly told me that she is the “champion for disabled women rights”

 

 

 

Peter nahason is 50 old and a chairperson of the disability umbrella organization, Meru North Association of persons with disability. Under the umbrella there are several Disabled Persons Organization affiliated. Having physical disability and raising a child with intellectual disability has not been a walk in the park for peter.Coupled with mirrored of difficulties for him personally and dealing with societal barriers and perceptions has always aggravated his difficult circumstance. “The reason why I keep going and getting up in the morning is because of my daughter”, peter tells me.No matter how hard things get, at back of his mind he knows he has family looking up to him.

Peter has been involved in Disability advocacy through grassroots mobilization and having attended training organized by Light for the World and UDPK his understanding of the inbussiness project is informed by activities and actions that je has been involved in.”The, inbussiness project for me, as I understand it, is offering help, in terms of training and capacity building to small business owners and groups and also show how people can advocate for themselves”. These training through the project have enabled “me and our members in the organization to be exposed more to disability related advocacy, network building and collaboration as well as with business know-how” 

Been a small scale miraa (Khat) farmer, he sells locally, but during the boom period he sells to other far flung regions in the county. Without basic business skills ,peter says that “it is challenging to run such a business without the necessary support and business knowledge ” .After the training and employing the skills learned  peter says his business saw commendable improvements, in terms  revenue and personnel morale. Human resource management and customer relation are some of the skills that pushed the business margins forward and took care of the bottom line for him. So taking care of the family becomes manageable.

Peter pointed out that the training offered by the concerned organization has assisted him personally and other member of the DPOs in Meru North Consistency on how to add value to their products in their small businesses, customer retention, customer relation and writing business proposal and searching for funds. This skill gained has seen some business owned by beneficiaries in the area improve tremendously and some loses that were been made before, due to lack of knowledge on some basic business concepts  are controlled

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