Meet John Kiboi, A PGIO Beneficiary – Unemployment Causes Poverty
John Kiboi is a Protect A Girls Image Organization Beneficiary. He is the operations and recruitment manager at PGIO Mission of Mercy. He manages all recruiting-related activities, equips recruiters with effective tools to approach the hiring process, and scouts talent for the organization. He has come a long way from that young man struggling in a small town in Nairobi.
It was one of those typical days back in Kenya when this young man had a lot going on in his life. He was already giving up as he gathered his clothes to go back to his parents home town since life in the city was unbearable. He boarded a matatu (public Transport) as he headed home.
Alone with his thoughts, he entertained suicidal thoughts. He unbuckled the safety belt and prayed for the vehicle to fall on a cliff or just roll so that he may die because he was depressed. He ended up falling asleep for a few hours and the next thing he heard was someone announcing they had arrived at their destination.
He came out of the vehicle a changed person. He told himself “God made me sleep until I arrived keeping me safe from the thoughts of despair I had “. He believed it only meant God had a future for him. He went to his mother’s place and later a friend called him asking if he can assist with his business. he agreed and went back to the city.
After about 3 months he felt he needed to apply for a passport he did it and when he went for the passport the friend asked if he was thinking of going to Dubai, and he said no he will go to America.
He was asked if he knew someone he said no but he heard a voice tell him to take the passport he will go to America. That was Faith. The friend knew the PGIO Organization and the assistance it had given to a few unprivileged. So together they called the CEO explaining the situation and she agreed to help him. He traveled to the USA and got the financial, psychological, and social support that he needed. The rest of his life is a Testimony. He is in the US and his life transformed.
John is among the few youths in Kenya who are lucky to get such an opportunity. Every student in Kenya is concerned about the likelihood of being jobless for several years after graduation. In Kenya, more than 500,000 young people complete their studies at various higher institutions each year and are then prepared to enter the workforce. However, due to the economy’s sluggish expansion, corruption, nepotism, and the pervasive mismatch between taught skills and market demands, almost 75% of people experience unemployment.
We are making a lot of effort to teach our beneficiaries about personal finance in order to assist them to manage their current student debt, avoiding accruing further debt, learning some fundamental investing skills, and being motivated to develop their trajectories.
Our mantra is one step at a time, patience pays. To see the projects we have been working on, please click here.