The Bottom-Up Approach: To Empower and Employ Our Youth by Using Our Waste and Jua Kali Working Places



The proposal Jua Kali Model No. 2 proposes to make use of three resources (Youth, Waste, Jua Kali) not used in and by Kenyans and when used at all, they are seriously under-utilized and/or maligned. The troika for use in this proposal is: the uneducated and other youths, the work places used by men and women of Jua kali and, thirdly, our enormous stacks of waste (garbage). The main objective of this proposal is to suggest some changes to the continuing efforts to empower and prepare our youth for either employment or self-employment. This proposal emphasizes self-employment. Using what is available in and within the informal sector (Jua kali) programs and activities in the villages, wards and counties, this proposal represents an effort to suggest and develop some viable and practical ways of empowering and assisting our youth to either be employable or to be self-employed.

Prof. Muruku Waiguchu has been active in academia for over 50 years both in the United States and Kenya. He has taught, researched and supervised numerous dissertations in institutions such as Teachers’ College, Columbia University, St. John’s University (NY), Richmond College of the City University of NY, Rutgers University (Newark, NJ), University of Maryland, College Park, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, and KeMU and DeKUT in Kenya. Currently, he is Doctoral Association of Eastern Africa (DAEA) Chairman Emeritus. Prof. Waiguchu received his BA from Central College, Pella, Iowa, MA from Queens College, CUNY, NYC, and his PhD from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Prof. Beatrice Warue is a full-time lecturer with Africa International University (AIU) and currently Dean School of Business & Economics of AIU. She has lectured in different universities in areas relating to Business and Management including Accounting, Finance, Microfinance and Research methods. She is a teacher by profession and a Trainer of Trainers (TOT). Prof. Warue is a peer reviewer of many accredited journals and she is also widely published in refereed journals and written textbooks. Further, she is one of the founders of Doctoral Association of Eastern Africa (DAEA). Prof. Warue is a PhD holder in Business Administration and Management (Banking & Finance), Masters of Business Administration (MBA) banking and finance option, Masters in Banking and Finance with focus in Microfinance (MBF), Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) and Diploma in Business Education.

Prof. Dominic Mwenja is a former President/Vice Chancellor and CEO of California Miramar University, USA. He is currently the Executive Director of California Miramar University-Kenya and the Founder of Miramar Center for Strategic Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Further, Prof. Mwenja is currently DAEA Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of The Mater Hospital. He has been active in academia, consulting and entrepreneurship over the last 25 years. His areas of specialization are strategic management, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Prof. Mwenja received his BSBA and MBA from Murray State University in Kentucky, USA and his Doctorate in Strategic Management from Alliant International University in San Diego, California, USA.


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