Kenya – Kenya Wines Agency Ltd (KWAL) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) with Tamarind Group and Mukuru Promotion Center to train select youth residing in Nairobi’s Mukuru informal settlement in various culinary skills. 

The agreement, part of KWAL’S Inua program, will see the company invest at least KES10 million (US$75,471.70)  to sponsor and facilitate the trainees’ activities at Mukuru Promotion Center for a period of 3 years. 

“Beyond technical skills training, our vision with Inua is to promote a sense of belonging to the participants. We want to holistically nurture the potential of our youth. In line with this, we redesigned the programme, to equip the participants with the necessary exposure and mindset they require to succeed in life,” said Lina Githuka, KWAL Managing Director.   

Tamarind Group will equip the students with the technical skills and real-life chef experiences. In addition, Tamarind Group will be providing the program participants with the opportunity to be part of their Apprentice Program which will not only offer the students practical experience, but also give them a foot in the door of the Hospitality Industry. 

“The internship opportunity will offer the students a glimpse into the inner workings of a globally renowned hospitality brand, “said Tamarind Group Operations Director, Joseph Gacheru. 

The Regional Director of the State Department of Youth and Creative Industries Daniel Kirui affirmed the government’s commitment in addressing youth concerns in the country. 

‘‘The Inua programme perfectly aligns with this government’s commitment to uplift young Kenyans, ensuring they have the capacities to establish meaningful careers and contribute to our nation’s socio-economic development, by not only enhancing the value chain of the hospitality industry but also directly contributing to the reduction of unemployment and underemployment among our youth,” he added. 

The program aligns with KWAL’s commitment to supporting the Standard Development Goals (SDG) 8 of promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth. 

The news comes recently after the Kenyan government announced plans to sell its 43.77 percent stake in KWAL’s parent company, Kwal Holdings East Africa Ltd (KHEAL). 

This decision follows the government’s efforts to divest from multiple firms where it holds substantial or full ownership.  

Managed through the Kenya Development Corporation (KDC), the government’s stake in KHEAL witnessed a notable increase from KES3.4 billion (US$24.72M) in the previous year.  

Additionally, the government intends to sell its 0.1 percent shareholding in Kenya Wine Agencies Limited (KWAL), the subsidiary owned by KHEAL. 

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