Sewing gap as young people rush for Boda boda business – Kenya News Agency
Skilled cloth tailors in aging Migori County may not have a younger generation to replace them after it emerged that many young people prefer Boda boda as training in technical, artisanal and artisanal skills.
A quick check in the town of Migori revealed that there were few tailors with exceptional skills and most of them were heading for retirement.
Benard Odoyo, 73, a tailor from the town of Migori regrets that the majority of young people prefer Boda boda company because it does not require any training and can quickly give them 500 Sh per day.
Ochieng says tailoring takes a lot of patience and persistence to master tailoring skills which he believes cannot be demonstrated by the majority of today’s generation.
“I have been doing this job for 51 years and all my children have gone to school and university thanks to the profits I earned from sewing work, but unfortunately no child is interested in acquiring these. skills, ”Ochieng said.
He called on young people to see tailor-made work as better because once the skills are mastered, the benefits will be immeasurable.
Charles Ochieng, who started designing clothing for women and men in 1995, reveals that the number of young people who approached him for training has since declined.
“I am now approaching 50 years old but, in my web, making a career in the town of Migori, I have found that young men are not interested in this job. They prefer the immediate Boda boda fast cash flow which is sometimes not sustainable in the long run, ”Ochieng said.
Ochieng says he has trained more than 30 skilled tailors in sheet making since he started his career, but the number has since declined as few young people are interested in the job.
He thanked the government for rolling out a skills-based program which he said will guide the younger generation from the start according to their talents with great attention focused on crafts, crafts and related technical skills. .
“Although it came out late, at least the government’s skills-based curriculum will help our young people acquire the necessary technical and craft skills,” he said.
Elius Okinyi, 40, owner of the “Golden House of Design” in the town of Migori, however, argues that young people should choose their career path according to their talents and passion.
Okinyi says he is ready to train free young people who are passionate about making and designing clothes.
He thanked the national government and the World Bank for launching the Kenya Youth, Employment and Opportunities Project to encourage more young people to acquire technical, craft and craft skills.
Okinyi says he has managed to train several young people recommended under KYEOP and that some of them are becoming better future clothing designers.
By Geoffroy Satia