The Building Incomes and Leveraging Livelihoods for Youth (BILLY) Project is a livelihood initiative that responds to the needs of both urban refugee youth and vulnerable Kenyans aged 15-35 from informal settlements in Nairobi . The program targets 60% female and 40% male clients and the main outcome is to increase income, working days, and employability of clients.
The BILLY Project improves employability and increases income earning potential through interventions that help the youth develop skills useful in Nairobi or other areas, in case of relocation. The project takes an innovative approach by offering bundled services and strongly incorporating client responsiveness into programming. This ensures that the clients themselves help to shape the project design, implementation and program correction. The IRC is dedicated to having the clients’ voice and choice in their decision making.
The BILLY project also has a protection aspect including advocacy, supporting access to work and business permits, and referral services to other organizations.
The BILLY Livelihoods Resource Center is located in Pangani, and the project covering areas including Eastleigh, Mathare, Embakasi, Kibera, Kawangware, Githurai, Kasarani, Ruiru, Kitengela, Rongai, and more.