Kenya: Centum Backed Job App Ajiry Opens in 10 County Centres

16 January 2020

Nairobi — Online job application - Ajiri - has sent 100 qualified young people to ten counties to train the youth on how to use the app to identify and apply for employment opportunities.

Ajiry is part of measures taken by Centum Investment Limited to bridging the unemployment gap. The Progressive Web App, is designed to provide a platform for workers and employers to connect and network effortlessly in an environment free from third-party interference.

Launched in May last year, Ajiry aims at making it easier for the youth to directly link up to the employer, or any individual looking for a service from an expert.

The project plans to impacting more than 24,000 young people in 10 counties, in the next 12 months, before rolling out to other counties.

"We want those youth to be part of our team, we want the energy that the youth have because they are poised to take over the country," said Kirubi.

The pilot counties include Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Kilifi, Laikipia, Meru, Nyeri, Machakos and Nakuru.

"Once an individual has downloaded this application, workers will cast a wide net in their search for job opportunities and in turn formalize the informal sector," said Centum Group CEO Chris Kirubi during the launch last year.

Kirubi, who has been on the forefront in speaking out for the youth and offering them guidance online, challenged young people saying that there is no class of privileged and successful people but everyone has the ability to define their own success.

"It's time for the youth to stop saying "serikali saidia" (government to intervene) all the time and start asking yourself what you are doing to better yourself and your situation," he said.

E-Kraal Innovation Hub, a leading cyber security firm will be providing free courses on cyber security at the newly launched Ajiry centers.

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