Unemployment rate in Kiambu currently stands at 17%, which is significantly higher than Kenya’s current average of 11%. The County Government of Kiambu is undoubtedly all eyes on taming this figure downwards. One of the sure ways of achieving this is through strategic collaboration with the private sector as a key partner in providing opportunities for thousands of unemployed youths in this county whose northern neighbour is Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi.
Optiven Group, a leading real estate firm based in Nairobi is keen to corroborate with Kiambu County in stemming these unemployment numbers. “The Group, which is already well established in a number of other Kenyan counties has a vision of increasing its workforce to over 30, 000 by the year 2030. Our integration of Kiambu locals in one of our flagship projects blends well with this vision,” notes Optiven Group’s CEO Mr. George Wachiuri.
Already, over 200 locals in Kiambu are directly benefiting from the recent entry of Optiven Group in this county. Optiven’s new project by the name Amani Ridge – The Place of Peace is set to absorb 80% locals throughout the implementation of this new mini-city in the making.
According to the County Government of Kiambu, the county‘s labour force comprises of 59.2% of the total population. The Kiambu County notes in a recent statement on its official website: “Due to high rate of population growth estimated at 2.81 per cent, the labour force is growing rapidly, while existing resources remain the same. Unemployment rate is high with 17 percent of the population unemployed. There is need to revive the collapsed industries such as dairy and establish new ones to provide job opportunities to the growing labour force majority of whom are unemployed.”
Located only 3.2kms off Kiambu-Kamiti Road, Amani Ridge – The Place of Peace is an ultra-modern Mini-City that neighbours Nova Pioneer, Tatu City and is easily accessible from Kiambu Road and Thika Super-Highway, via the Eastern By-Pass. “Amani Ridge will offer its residents, a first class experience with top of the range amenities available within the high-end property,” says Mr. Wachiuri.