In partnership with the Foundation, Africa Oil supports multi-year initiatives focused on education, skills training and small business growth. In 2019, the company was recognized at the Upstream Oil and Gas Awards in Kenya for leadership in promoting local content and fostering innovative solutions.
Africa Oil maintains a long-term commitment to supporting small business growth and economic development in Turkana County, one of the poorest areas in Kenya. Through the Turkana Catalyst Initiative (TCI), the Foundation provides training and financing to help early-stage businesses benefit from resource development and diversify client bases. Since the program’s 2018 launch, participants have generated over $5 million USD in revenue, supported 700 jobs and contributed to $1.03 million in local household income.
To help community members secure skilled employment opportunities, the Foundation provided multi-year technical assistance and developed a long-term sustainability plan for the Lodwar Vocational Technical Centre in Turkana. The Centre now offers 10 accredited programs to over 200 students annually. The program included the launch of a catering facility that offers a valuable training environment and a reliable revenue stream for the Centre. In 2019, the restaurant became a fully self-sustained operation.
In Ethiopia, Africa Oil created a new program to promote economic development, youth employment and entrepreneurship. Partnering with the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), the Foundation supports capacity building in beekeeping and silkworm farming enterprises and promotes market linkages to create economic opportunities for youth.
Lodwar Technical Vocational Training CentreKenya
Institutional capacity building and development of 5-year strategic plan
Turkana Catalyst InitiativeKenya
Development and delivery of small business training and financing program
Northern Kenya Growth CapitalKenya
Impact investment fund to support small-medium sized enterprises
Youth Entrepreneurs in Silk and HoneyEthiopia
Promotion of economic opportunities in apiculture and sericulture for youth in Ethiopia through training, job creation and entrepreneurial support
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Our initiatives strive to improve people's lives and protect the planet and are in support of the following UN SDGs: