As part of the strategies towards achieving vision 2030, the government flagged the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (Youth Fund Loans).
Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF) is a government corporation targeting to empower the youth within the country. The organization operates under the Ministry of Public Service, Gender and Youth Affairs.
Together with the Uwezo Fund, the Youth Enterprise Development Fund’s key objective is to create employment opportunities for young people through entrepreneurship and encouraging self-employment.
Also, the organization provides loans to young entrepreneurs at affordable interest rates to facilitate business growth. But how can one access these loans? This article gives you a step by step guide on how one can successfully apply for a YEDF loan.
Who qualifies for Youth Fund loans in Kenya?
To access the loans, the youth need to be in small groups, commonly referred to as “Chama.” Through the group, the youth can come up with business proposals then seek funding from the organization.
The loans are available at sub-county levels to ensure everyone, irrespective of their location, have access to the financial support they need.
However, individual youths can also access loans from the fund for business expansion and purchase of income-generating assets.
How to Apply for the Youth Fund Loan
Here is how to apply for the Youth Fund loan in Kenya:
- One needs to visit their respective sub-county youth offices as a group or as an individual.
- Pick and fill the application forms depending on the type of loan required. The loan application forms can also be downloaded from the Youth fund website.
- Return the filled forms to the office and wait for a response from the loans officer
- The loan officer will guide the next steps and conduct the vetting and give necessary financial advice.
- After vetting and receiving the funds, you will be trained and guided on making your payments on time.
- Be sure to use this loan for the purpose you had applied it for
Types of Youth Enterprise Development Fund Loans
The Youth Enterprise Development Fund has classified the financial assistance to suit the specific needs of applicants. These loans vary in terms of conditions as well as interests. Below is a list of the fundings offered by the organization.
- Business expansion loans
- Talanta loans
- Bid Bonds and LPO financing
- Constituency based loans
1. Vuka loans
This loan is only given to individual youths who have a reliable alternative source of income. The loan can be used as working capital, or the individual can use it to purchase assets for the business. For startups, applicants can access loans of up to Ksh. 500,000 secured by conventional securities.
For business expansion, applicants can access between Ksh. 100,000 and Ksh. 5,000,000. The business expansion loans attract a 6% interest and a 1% management fee. Loans below Ksh.100,000 are secured using chattels, stock, or business assets, while those above Ksh. One hundred thousand are secured using conventional security.
2. Talanta Loan
This funding is only available for the youth involved in creative or performing arts. This loan can be accessed by either individuals or registered groups that seek to make use of local talents.
Talanta loan has no interest but a loan management fee of 5%. With this funding, loans of up to Ksh. Three hundred thousand will be secured using the assets purchased. The applicants must have at least two guarantors who are active in the applicant’s field f interest.
If the loan is for film production, the applicant is entitled to not more than 70% of the contract value. For the purchasing of equipment, only up to 70% of the total cost is given to the applicant. If it is for performance purposes, the applicant is entitled to funding up to 90% of the budget.
Repayment periods differ depending on the purpose of the loan. For financing a contract, it is a maximum of six months. If the loan is for purchasing equipment, the repayment period is a maximum of two years. For a budgeted recording, production, or performance, the loan must be repaid after a maximum of three months.
3. Bid Bonds and LPO financing
This type of funding is available for young individuals and organizations taking part in government tenders. The funding is open to individuals, registered groups, and companies that are owned by the youth. This funding targets to empower young tenderpreneurs and facilitate infrastructural development in the quest for vision 2030.
As a step to reach more people, the Youth Enterprise Development Fund is seeking to launch an application that will allow the youth to access services from wherever they are at their smartphones’ comfort. through the mobile app, the youths will access loans of between Ksh. 5,000 and Ksh. 100,000. The introduction of the mobile application will reduce the length of procedures that the youth go through when applying for the loan.
From the guidelines provided in this article, one can successfully apply for a loan that suits their needs. The borrowed funds should be used for legitimate purposes since they have to be repaid after some time. Maintaining a good borrowing record gives one an added advantage when applying for another loan.
4. Constituency based loans
The good news is that if you are a youth running a business at the constituency level. This fund also has got you back. The various loans offered at this level include:
- Swift Loan – this loan is for all new users of the youth enterprise development fund products. This loan is being provided to registered groups, with the first member being lent up to KES 25,000 for nine months.
- Inua Loan – If you are a group running a business that needs expansion, this loan is for you. These groups can borrow up to KES 200,000.
- Special Loan – Groups running agricultural business projects are offered this loan, with them being able to borrow up to KES 500,000 for 36 months.
- Rausha loan -This is for groups that are looking to start a startup. A group can, therefore, borrow up to KES 100,000 with a grace period of 3 months.
Does the Youth Enterprise Fund Offer other services?
Yes, it does.
Apart from offering loans to youth groups and youth, the Youth Development Enterprise Fund also provides other services to the child and their businesses.
These services include:
- Providing entrepreneurship training to the youth. This is major to ensure that they run their businesses in an income-generating way.
- Market linkage and support – this is done through organizing trade fairs and expos so that the youth can market their products.
- Moreover, the Youth Enterprise development fund also facilitates the youth to get employment abroad, therefore, helping reduce the unemployment issue.
- The fund further aims at constructing trading spaces for the youth to help minimize their operating costs.
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