Mazeras CAPYEI Center is located in Kwale County and is predominantly inhabited by the Mijikenda community whose main economic activity is coconut farming, fish sales and boda boda riding. Majority of the youth in the area only manage to complete primary school education hence the dropout rate is very high.
Mazeras is a transit town for trucks arriving in the coast and leaving for Nairobi. 5 in every 10 vehicles heading to Nairobi stops at Mazeras Trading center to buy coconut for use in regions outside the coast. Apart from coconuts, Mazeras is well known for Mazera stone that is used in constructing permanent housing.
In the population of inhabitants living in Mazeras there is a huge skills gap that has led to low uptake of formal jobs. This has resulted in youth resorting to manual jobs to find a source of living. There are two key industries in Mazeras which are; the steel industry and the other being the garment making industry.
In the steel industry, Mazeras has to big manufacturers of steel which include Tarmal Industries and Steel Makers limited. These two factories employ at least 2000 casuals on a daily basis, majority being youth between the ages of 18 to 35. Their basic requirement is the national identification card without major consideration of academic credentials. In a not so distant Mariakani are other industries in the metal works field which include Mabati Rolling Mills (MRM) and Kaluworks that employs a sizeable population of the youth.
CAP YEI Involvement in Mazeras and its environs
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There is a growing demand for automobile services which makes the Automobile course suitable for this environment as a vast majority of the population use motorbikes as a means of transport. The transition from Primary School to secondary is slow owing to the high poverty rate In Kwale County. The Security guarding and Systems course is relevant in Mazeras environment because of the levels of education and also because of the high demand in the security industry.
CAP YEI established a replication center in Mazeras due to the great opportunities for empowering youth with basic job entry skills training in the above mentioned courses among the youth and the subsequent potential to link them to both small scale business ventures and employment. The center trains youth in Automobile and Security Guarding and System and is currently training 70 students. The center has admitted and trained 3 batches of youth since its inception to date. Mazeras has already enrolled 212 youth in the second phase, 142 completed training, 75.02% succeeded to be placed in jobs, 8 are in internship, and 10.56% started small businesses.