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By: Eugene Mokua

AEF started as a scholarship scheme in the Financial Year 2012/2013 targeting to offer scholarships to 341 middle level health trainees in specific cadres and from marginalized areas. It was converted into a loan scheme in the Financial Year 2013/2014 targeting 2,200 middle level health trainees in specific cadres, from marginalized areas as well as high HIV prevalent counties in view of PEPFAR funding. The initial main funders for AEF included USAID FUNZOKENYA Project, HELB and MoH who jointly contributed Kshs.120M. As of 31st March 2021 the AEF Fund had supported over 48,188 students with a total of Kshs.3.06B

Mr. Charles Ringera, CEO HELB (Photo :-Eugene Mokua)

“The vision of AEF at inception was to grow the Fund to Kshs.2B by the year 2021 and we have clearly surpassed the target. Further, we have over 11,000 beneficiaries who have graduated. Recovery of these loans began in the Financial Year 2019/2020 and over Kshs.200M has been recovered to date,” said Charles Ringera, CEO HELB.

Prof. Michael Kiptoo, CEO KMTC (Photo :-Eugene Mokua)

Some of the key partners to specifically join in supporting AEF include I & M Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, The Family Group Foundation and Rattansi Education Trust. Counties such as Kakamega, Taita Taveta, Bomet and Busia have set up special funds managed by HELB to support training of middle level health workers for their counties.

Ms. Heather Schildge, USAID (Photo :-Eugene Mokua)

“To ensure sustainability AEF beneficiaries have from Financial Year 2019/2020 been covered under the HELB Students’ Loans Self-Protection Scheme [SLPS] starting with the First Time Applicants. So far, under the SLPS, a total of Kshs.2.9M has been deducted from 9,547 beneficiaries to cover a loan portfolio of Kshs.397.6M,” said Charles Ringera, CEO HELB.

Dr. Kigen, MOH (Photo :-Eugene Mokua)

AEF was the flagship Public Private Partnership project for HELB and since then, HELB has progressed with another 27 partnerships in a proactive approach towards external resource mobilization to gradually reduce the over reliance on Government exchequer.

Mr. Charles Ringera HELB CEO and Dr. Janet Muriuki Kenya Country Director, IntraHealth International (Photo :-Eugene Mokua)

HELB offers a unique opportunity for to partners to utilize a robust system of identifying deserving students, disbursing, and recovering the funds. In the last 6 years, HELB has mobilized over Kshs. 1.36Billion from 28 partners thereby facilitating over 35,000 students to pursue higher education in TVET Colleges and Universities.

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KBL launches corporate logo redesign competition ahead of 100th birthday in 2022



Kenya Breweries Limited has launched a competition for the design of a new logo as it looks to mark its 100th birthday in 2022.

Dubbed KBL Still Got Skillz?, the competition is open to design artists from Kenya aged between 21 and 25 years and is intended to culminate in a next-generation logo for one of Kenya’s oldest companies as it marks its centenary.

Artists have been invited to submit their artistic impressions of how a Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) logo would look like at from November 29 to December 10, 2021. The submissions can be made by an individual or a group of up to four people.

The artists with the winning submission will win a cash prize of KSh1 million and an opportunity to intern at J. Walter Thompson (a Scangroup creative agency), where they will work with a team of experienced creative and advertising experts.

The second and third placed will each receive a cash prize of KSh500,000 and KSh250,000 respectively. The top three designs will be selected by judges after a hackathon where the top 20 will refine their submissions under the guidance of experienced professionals in the design world.

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Billionaires want to make money and will not invest in something because it’s good: Senator Sakaja



Speaking as the chief guest during the 3rd Edition of the Association of Startup and Small and Medium Enterprises conference held at the crown plaza early today Senator of Nairobi County Hon. Johnstone Sakaja weighed in on why Kenyan Billionaires are not interested in Investing in Scalable Start ups.

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“Billionaires are not interested in nice things.They are interested in making money. As such they put their money where they see money can be made and where their interests are protected. They are not necessarily the good people who like hugging as saying this is a beautiful thing to do.They are sharks and if they do not see how they will benefit from a start up they will not have any interest in it.”

Speaking on how such Private sector players can be influenced to take an active role in enabling growth of scalable startups Hon Sakaja added.

“For such billionaires to invest in scalable start ups incentives by the cabinet secretary to include tax incentives and laws safeguarding such investor interest by the National Assembly should be put in place.So for the first 5 years such investors may be excepted from corporate tax or be entitled to some tax breaks.”

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Boma International Hospitality College on the spot for denying a lady graduation due to alleged sexual harassment case



A section of lobby groups and education stakeholders are now demanding that Boma International Hospitality College to immediately ensure that one student, Jolly Gatwiri Mugendi, has graduated.

This is after it emerged that she had been denied her rights to graduate despite the fact that she had completed her studies.

The lobby groups under the umbrella body dubbed ‘Concerned Citizens Kenya’ argue that Ms Mugendi is being denied her rights to graduate because she refused sexual harassment advances by the manager of Estate Sonsira where she was undergoing her industrial attachment leading to a delay in releasing her attachment documents hence the delay to submit them to the College for graduation.

It is believed that after Estate Sonsira realized their mistake, they quickly released her documents but despite that, Boma International Hopsitality College still refused to have her name among those expected to graduate this year.

‘This is against the vision, mission and core values of Boma International Hospitality College, and also contrary to the Sexual Offences Act, a behavior that is unwelcome and offensive to the recipient. Denying Jolly Gatwiri Mugendi her right to graduate after completing her studies has created conditions that are intimidating and humiliating to her,’ says the lobby groups.

They further say that all the actions and atrocities by Boma International Hospitality College and the management of Estate Sonsira has made her suffer physical, psychological, spiritual and economical damage, shame, humiliations, fear and isolation’s trauma which includes numbness and headaches, depression, fear of authority, flash backs and intrusive thoughts, decreased self-esteem, introversion and lethargy.

‘We wish to state that all certificate, diplomas and degrees offered at Boma International Hospitality College are sexually transmitted. Students cannot get certificates, diplomas and degrees at the College unless a student parts with sex and that all the stated violations and abuses are happening with the full knowledge of Kenya Red Cross Secretary General Dr Asha Mohammed who is also the Director of the College, and Gina Din-Kariuki the Chair of the board of the College, Mr Samuel Irungu the Director Academic Affairs at the College and George Adala the Director of internship,’ they say.

The lobbies now demand that the College offers Ms Mugendi her Diploma and participate in the graduation ceremony that will be held this Friday failure to which they shall hold a protest march over sexual harassment at the College.


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