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Hydroponics Africa wins award for initiative to create employment opportunities

The Ministry of ICT, Innovation, and Youth Affairs and the World Bank have today awarded KSh 120 million to Afya Research Africa, Hydroponics Africa Limited, Life In Abundance-Kenya and TakaTaka Solutions Limited, the four organizations that emerged winners of the Future Bora Grant competition.

The Future Bora Initiative, which was launched in October last year, aimed at infusing capital to organizations that are creating income-generating opportunities for orphan youth, youth affected by conflict, persons with disabilities, young single mothers, street youths and youth from vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Hydroponics Africa Limited is a modern agribusiness company that specializes in hydroponic farming technology to create sustainable livelihoods for youth, enhance food security and nutrition while reducing the environmental impact of agriculture.

“The four organizations, with transformational solutions for creating economic empowerment opportunities for the most vulnerable Kenyan youths were selected from a pool of over 300 applications that were received from across the country. Each of the winning organizations is set to receive a grant funding of up to KSh30 million for implementing these solutions, disbursed in tranches based on goals achieved, “said Dr. Paolo Billi, Practice Manager, Social Protection and Jobs for East and Central Africa. 

Speaking at the award ceremony, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of ICT, State Department for Youth Affairs, Mr. Charles Sunkuli said the Ministry’s goal is to empower the vulnerable and under-served youths and create job opportunities for them.

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