NAKURU (Xinhua) --
Presently, securing a formal job in Kenya is becoming a near
impossibility for graduates as a growing number of firms close
shop given change of intra- and inter-country policies coupled
with unstable Kenyan currency subduing corporate profits.
Caroline Kipyegon, an interior design graduate from a local
university, went through the harrowing experience of seeking
employment with no success until she opted to capitalize on her
hobby—natural skin care products.
"It is really crazy. I applied for jobs and went for
interviews. I was told I was qualified but they all told me,
they did not have a chance for me," Kipyegon who graduated last
year told Xinhua on Sunday.
"But life is not easy either for my friends as some have lost
their jobs because their employers could not sustain them
anymore or companies they were working for were shut down," she
While she wished to get some work and build up on capital to
start a business, the push into setting off something of her own
came too soon since she could not secure a job anywhere.
"I do not want to go through the same experience again.
"It is depressing.
"We have so many graduates in Kenya yearning for a job,"
The World Bank recognizes Kenya as one of the countries with
the highest rates of unemployed people of ages ranging from 15
In its 2016 report on ‘Kenya and Youth and Unemployment:
Problems and Solutions’, the global body puts the unemployment
level for the age group at 17 percent, which is currently a
major issue both local and international development partners
are striving to tackle.
Unlike many other graduates who would rather keep on holding
onto the faith of finally getting the formal job or use lack of
capital as an obstacle to start an income generating activity,
Kipyegon chose to advance her liking for women cosmetics.
"I started making the beauty products while in campus but it
was just hobby.
"I actually gave them to my friends and colleagues for free,"
said Kipyegon who ventured into making the cosmetics early this
It was out of the socio-economic push that Kipyegon, who is
based in the Rift Valley County of Nakuru, found herself
investing in a cross-border sector totally unrelated to her
She argued that natural products are healthy since they are
free from chemicals which can be harmful to the human skin.
Out of her passion for maintaining a natural skin care, the
graduate delved into studying extensively on how to make the
She makes her products from herbs, leaves and natural oils
and plant extracts.
"The response has been good so far. I get very many
referrals," noted the now young entrepreneur who mainly markets
her products through the social media.
"Getting an education should not be limited to looking for a
job or doing what you studied but opening the mind to try
something different, " she noted.