Persons with disability face great difficulty in getting access to the global south economies like the Kenyan economy. Several studies in the labor market like Sight savers 2021 indicate Kenyans with disabilities have high unemployment rates while those who do get jobs often find them unsatisfactory.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost all parts of society, it has deeply impacted people with disabilities, many of whom have been dragged closer to the poverty line as the ongoing crisis severely reduces their income. As disability sausage media we observe, Establishing a business is one strategy to overcome these economic barriers. Fortunately we shall strive to comprehend what entails in self employment and what individuals with disabilities can invest in or seek partnerships. to
What are some of the key terminologies used in this seeking of economic kindom?we believe entrepreneurship is the process of discovering, evaluating, and exploiting opportunities to create future goods and services. In other words,
It means bringing something which is new and innovative to the market [2, In our view all business (self-employment and employer) arrangements are entrepreneurship experiences. For persons living with disabilities, entrepreneurship means enhanced empowerment, a reduction of ‘entitlementbased’ services, and more financial independence .
We see self-employment work as an alternative to salaried employment , that is, performed for personal profit instead of for wages. Self-employment focuses on work, be it productive or unproductive. Self-employment is generally intended to employ one individual only and so the aim of self-employment is for individual self-support. In this report we consider the terms entrepreneur and self-employed as interchangeable.
Social entrepreneurship comes about as a response to addressing a social problem interacting with the market, An effective social enterprise may produce profit - both monetary and social. Persons with disabilities have enormous potential for social entrepreneurship due to their intimate knowledge of social problems. For example the upcoming product from the disability sausage. Read more https://newsroom.safaricom.co.ke/three-great-innovation-ideas-feted-at-start-up-competition/
A micro enterprise is a very small business that is simple to start, with minimal capital needed. They can have a vital purpose in improving people’s quality of life and may give Persons with disabilities a role in their local community providing a service or goods. They are highly individual - able to happen at a scale, stamina and schedule that suits an individual .
Incubators and accelerators
An incubator is a business support organisation that fosters start-ups through the provision of services such as seed funding, colocation, mentoring, professional services and access to networks. It can include accelerators and germinators Startup accelerators, also known as seed accelerators, are ‘fixed-term, cohort-based programs that include seed investment, connections, sales, mentorship, educational components, and culminate in a public pitch event or demo day to accelerate growth.
Accelerators ‘accelerate’ growth of an existing company, while incubators ‘incubate’ disruptive ideas with the hope of building out a business model and company. So, accelerators focus on scaling a business while incubators are often more focused on innovation’ Blocked mobility
‘Blocked mobility’ describes a situation wherein people may experience discrimination or lack of recognition of their qualifications resulting in a mismatch between their skills and labour market opportunities made available to them Occupational skidding
‘Occupational skidding’ describes a situation where people cannot obtain jobs in line with their skills and qualifications
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Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
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