Countries / Territories

RESI Kenya

  • Kenya is home to two of the world’s largest refugee camps and RESI operates in both of these:

    - Dadaab, in the north-east was established in 1991 and has a population of 208,550;
    - Kakuma, in the north-west was established in 1992 and has a population of 186,001.

    Dadaab and Kakuma have different set ups and a different makeup of refugees, however both are nearly three decades old and host second and third generation refugees and a growing local host community.

    With shifting government policies and heightened security risks, there is a need to bring support to these vulnerable populations living in an ongoing state of uncertainty. RESI brings them the tools to access new opportunities to help them become independent, generate income and gain employment.

    Implemented with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), the RESI Dadaab project develops work opportunities for women and youth in the online freelancing and home décor sectors.

    The project allows refugees and host community members to gain commercially viable skills through targeted training and then supports them to join either the online freelancing or home décor value chain. The RESI Kakuma project is being piloted in the online freelancing sector engaging youth and women with an already existing digital skillset.

    Through capacity building and targeted network linkages, RESI enables refugees and host community members to connect to domestic and international value chains. This brings sustainable income-generating opportunities for youth, women and entrepreneurs whilst encouraging self-reliance.

    RESI Kenya is funded by the Netherlands and implemented with the Norwegian Refugee Council. Download our RESI Kenya brochure to find out more.


    Online freelancing is a growing industry that offers the opportunity to find work, no matter the location. The only requirements are a stable internet connection, computer access, the right skillset and motivation. Given the contextual challenges facing refugees in Kenya, the online freelancing sector provides a channel through which refugees can earn income through self-employment. RESI trained 100 competitively selected participants and provided an extended mentorship and coaching period allowing trainees to apply their newly acquired skillsets and get their first interviews and jobs. RESI supports the connection to international clients through leading freelancing platforms.

    For more information – view the Online Freelancing case study in our brochure and view the Online Freelancing guide book . Read about digital work opportunities and the global market of freelance services here.


    Demand for artisanal goods is high in the design sector – be it in fashion or home décor, consumers are looking for a handmade touch. Working with artisans to fine-tune their skills and upgrade their business knowledge can help them professionalise and increase their trade. In Dadaab, many women use their hands to make products which they sell on the local market to earn additional income. RESI selected five groups of women to work together and improve their product offering to reach markets outside of Dadaab. RESI provided tailored training and connections to the Nairobi market.

    For more information – view the Artisanal Professionalisation case study in our brochure and download the NYOTA FARSAMO collective's catalogue. Read about the importance of gaining exposure to market opportunities here

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