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Mastercard Foundation

Development Organization

CAP Youth Empowerment Institute (CAP-YEI)

Implementing Partner

Sepember 2016 to August 2021

Project Timeline


Project Budget

62,000 youth 

Project target


157 VTCs


Ms. Ivy Mwai

Country Programs Lead & Program Lead Education & Skills

Cell: 0733 744 329

E: imwai@mastercardfdn.org

Expanding and Sustaining the CAP-BEST Program Model in Kenya

This activity aims to provide economically disadvantaged young people with technical and employability skills as well as support to access job opportunities or start small businesses.

Building on the success of CAP Youth Empowerment Institute (YEI) Basic Employability Skills Training (BEST) model, this expanded partnership will directly provide skills training to 23,000 Kenyan youth and help them to secure employment opportunities, further education and training. The program will reach an additional 39,000 youth through partnerships with 157 vocational training centers that will be supported to deliver market-based, demand-driven skills training across the country. The program will also support 4,000 of the targeted youth to establish or grow micro-enterprises.


Key Focus Areas: 

  • Access to finance and entrepreneurship training
  • TVET capacity building
  • Employment
  • Life/Employability Skills
  • Youth technical skills training


  • Agribusiness (crop production and animal husbandry)
  • Automobile
  • Building and Construction
  • Clearing and forwarding
  • Electrical installation
  • Hairdressing & Beauty therapy
  • Hospitality
  • Industrial Garment Making
  • Security guarding
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