You have heard it over again that Kenyan youth comprise about 75% or more of the population, but a huge majority is still struggling with unemployment.
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One young Kenyan man knows all too well the joys and pains of working on an idea and is now enjoying the fruit of his labour.
Allela, who currently works at Intel and teaches data science at the Oxford University, invented smart gloves that help him communicate with his niece.
The six-year-old girl who was born deaf has had difficulties communicating with her family, many of whom didn’t know sign language, and Allela stepped in to ease communication for them.
The smart gloves, called Sign-IO, are designed with flex sensors on each finger, which help convert sign language movements into audio speech.
The gloves are connected via Bluetooth to an app, which vocalises letters processed by the flex sensors once they quantify the bend of the fingers.
Each time Allela wants to communicate with his niece, he hands her the gloves and pairs them to his phone or hers. Once his niece starts signing, Allela is able to understand what she is saying.
So far, Allela has introduced the smart gloves to a special needs school in south-west Kenya.
Anyone using the app will notice that it picks up their gender, native language, and vocalisation pitch, with 93% accuracy.
But that’s not all. The gloves can also be designed and customised to anything you want from Spiderman to princess gloves and more.
This not only makes the wearer look cool but also helps fight the stigma associated with being deaf or having speech impediments.
Allela’s smart gloves caught the President’s attention, but also recently won an award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (AMSE).
His dream is to ensure that every special needs school in Kenya has at least two pairs of smart gloves to help children with hearing or speech disabilities like his niece.
This is where the power of funding comes in, and KCB’s 2Jiajiri and Bankika Loans bridge that gap.
President Kenyatta celebrated Allela and three other young Kenyans for their innovation and challenged Kenyan youths to come up with innovative solutions to some of Kenya’s key challenges.
The president specifically cited that Allela was also the second runner-up for the Royal Academy of Engineering Leaders in Innovation.
Like Allela, you may have a dream, a passion, and an innate talent you would love to show the world.
The challenge is that the high rate of unemployment keeps you from being able to access funding or the capital you need to take off.
The good news is that you don’t have to struggle anymore because of the 2Jiajiri program. With this program, you can get funding or seed capital through 2Jiajiri and Bankika Loans.
The program also helps out-of-school youth in Kenya get technical skills scholarships to help them grow micro-enterprises.
If you are already a micro-entrepreneur, 2Jiajiri will upskill and certify you so that you can move your business from the informal to the formal sector.
This way, you can access the discounted asset and capital financing that you need to get started.
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