Pasha is a Swahili word meaning “to inform”. The Pasha Project's key role is to provide Kenyans, especially from rural areas with access to information across the country.
Entrepreneurs across Kenya are invited to apply for new funding to establish Pasha internet centres. The Kenya ICT Board and Family Bank have jointly launched a Ksh320 million (USD3.9 million) loan facility to support the establishment of Pasha Centres across the country. This facility will finance Kenyan entrepreneurs willing to set up the Pasha Centres. Pasha Centres are internet access centres that will offer various internet-related services to the public.
Even though this project has taken quite some time to pickup, its most Kenyans hope that it creates opportunities for the youths by unleashing their potential through these centres. Sustainability of most centres (telecentres) has been a major challenge for the ones I have interaction with. This approach is seen by many as a way to engage the most enterprising young Kenyans in establishing themselves in business and working towards making profits but also providing the much needed information to communities in Kenya. These centres are also expected to partner with other private companies e.g. mobile phone providers to offer their services, e-goverment services, e-learning etc. I wish to encourage those who take up this opportunity to engage with national and global telecentres movements such as KenTel, Telecentres Africa & Telecentre.orgto build their capacity and support their endeavors.
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