The impact of youth financial empowerment in promoting peace, stability, and development: A study of selected faith-based organizations

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International Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Studies
Regardless of the religious affiliation, the needs and expectations of young people in society are not easy to meet and sustain. Subsequently, different faith-based organizations have responded in different ways resulting in varied levels of success and failure. This paper sought to highlight lessons that the church in Kenya can learn from the Islamic faith based institutions in relation to youth empowerment programs. The goal of the research was to unveil information that would facilitate the enhancement of the present empowerment programs alongside devising strategies on how to develop others to ensure that the needs of the young people are adequately addressed. Using the explorative strategy to survey relevant literature, the study established that the Somali youth empowerment model is structured. On the other hand, most Kenyan churches lack a structured model of financing. Subsequently, Christian faith-based organizations should be encouraged to establish her independent financial institution that can lend to the youth using biblical principles that are not exploitative in nature. Those that already have such in place should improve their operational framework to realize better outcomes. A low interest loan culture should be underscored to encourage many youth to borrow so that they can actively participate in Entrepreneurship.
church, christian, empowerment, entrepreneurship, faith-based, islam, organizations and youth