Nickson, 28, is popularly known as Nickie. When Nickie was very young, his father was the village carpenter.

Chalice to help Nickson purchase construction equipmentHe had a large family and the income he earned was not enough to feed and educate the children.

Nickie was 15 years old when he completed grade eight. His father was not able to educate him further and that is why he took his son to the carpentry workshop every morning. 

Unfortunately, Nickie's father died four years later and Nickie, at 19 years of age, was not able to continue to run the carpentry workshop. He travelled to Nairobi and joined his stepbrother who was working at a construction site. He learned masonry skills from his experienced stepbrother. Nickie earned meagre wages for the work he did at the site. His experience of seven years and the skills he learned from his stepbrother, helped him to do well in construction work.

Nickie would like to thank Chalice and ILEG for their support of youth entrepreneurs. His workspace wll serve as an office and the people who will seek his services will visit him at his office.

Nickie is a happy young man because people like his work. His dream is to own his own construction equipment. This will help him to take up big contracts and earn better revenues. He will also train and provide skills to the youth who are unable to pay for the technical skills. The cost for the equipment is Kes. 355,000 or CAD $4,610.38.

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Chalice Njiru Stars helping the community in KenyaNjiru Stars support the community during COVID-19 pandemic

In this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic, members of Njiru Stars group have been in the forefront to help families who have been rendered jobless and are worried and anxious about what the future holds for them.

The children, who have been confined to their homes for long hours every day are restless and agitated, and this has heightened quarrels among siblings. Njiru Star members have come up with a plan to engage the children.

Across from their place of work, they have organized a playing field for the children and placed them in small groups according to their age/size. The members purchased a football for the children. Each day one group comes to the field at a particular time and when their time is up, they go back home. The mothers are happy to see their children happy and friendly toward each other.

Erick was chosen as the leader, and organizes the children. The other members check on the children to ensure they get back home safely. 

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