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inding work in Mombasa, my home city, is difficult. There aren’t many jobs and most people left school at a young age, like me.

Amina Badi is a selfemployed Kenyan businesswoman. Based in Mombasa she now runs her own business thanks to training from the Kuza skills development programme.

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I’ve had few choices in life. I married young, but it didn’t work out. I argued with my husband all the time so I left with our small child. As a single parent, I desperately needed income. Cooking was something I could do, so I started selling food I made from home; many women do it. Almost all business people here sell on the street. It is now four years since I ventured into business, but anyone will tell you it is only courage that keeps you going. This kind of business can be very demoralising. At the end of the day, if your food doesn’t sell you have to throw it away.

Unemployment is a challenge that needs serious attention. In Kenya’s second largest city 86% of young people do not have a formal job. We hear Amina Badi’s story

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