American Embassy continues community empowerment in Nakuru

Over 30 residents of Nakuru have benefited from a three-day entrepreneurship training courtesy of the American Embassy. The training took place between Tuesday 27th March and Thursday 29th March.

The training that brought together people of diverse ages was carried out at American Corner (American Spaces) at the Nakuru KNLS Library.

Speaking after the training, each of the participants shared their experiences saying the workshop had totally changed their lives for the better.

“When I came for the training, I expected it to be just another of those boring entrepreneurial sessions. I was however surprised when I realized it was more of helping me understand myself as an individual, know myself, my strengths and weaknesses, and what has been holding me down,” said Margret one of the participants.

In the course of the highly engaging training, Mr Tonee Ndung’u took the participants through a process of self-discovery helping them to look into themselves and teaching them to think properly.

“Some of the reasons why we don’t succeed is because we either think too much, fail to think outside the box or have not managed to conquer our fears. While fear is a good driving force, we also must strive to discover what it is that we fear, and work towards overcoming that fear,” said Tonee.

Participants were also taken through a practical process of coming up with a viable business idea and trading to emerge profitable after taking care of all the bills, taxes and statutory deductions.

“You can start an enterprise with big amounts of money and end up making losses and you can start with little capital and still make huge returns. It all depends on what decisions you’re making,” advised Tonee whom the participants highly spoke off.

“Tonee is a trainer unlike anyone I’ve met before. His energy is contagious, his way of delivery is amazingly engaging and he has a way of making his lessons so captivating you can’t afford to miss a word,” says Nancy one of the youngest participants in the training.

Tonee Ndung’us personal life story was equally captivating. Shared in bits and doses in the course of the three days, Tonee’s story was a lesson in self-belief, determination, thinking outside the box and overcoming one challenge after another.

Growing up with dyslexia, it did not prevent him from getting a degree in his chosen field, meeting the people he wanted and setting up a successful enterprise.

The training was made possible through the American Embassy U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“We have programs meant for everyone and especially the young. We want to empower the youth as we equip them with the relevant skills for the emerging world,” said Mr George Kamau representing the US Embassy.

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Martin Gichinga
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