Mombasa, KENYA: Mombasa county youth are among the beneficiaries of the free internet services found at the Swahili pot; a project launced by the Kenyan government.
Mombasa county was lucky to receive the first tech co-working space known as the Swahili Pot early this year.
The first Box to be located in the coastal region and the third in Kenya, was officially launched in February this year by the cabinet secretary for ICT Joe Mucheru.
The aim of launching the project was to help young talented boys and girls in the region to have a place where they can access free internet services; to market their work internationally.
Almost six months since the launch, the project has brought a big change especially to those artists who have already visited the place.
Speaking to Baraka FM, the Seacom station manager who acts as one of the contributors in this project, urged more youths to take advantage of it.
“If you are creative enough to venture into business, here we give you free internet, a suitable space and also experts who will teach you how to go about it.” He said.
Swahili Pot which is located few meters from Fort Jesus is a set up that supports both tech and arts, and the land was donated by the national museums which is the bigger player in the project.
Inside the pot, one is able to upload photos and videos in their respective websites as well as their social media pages, as a way of advertising their work globally.
Mr.Mahmud said that they are targeting around 500 youths from Mombasa and the entire coastal region by 26th December this year.
So far they have managed to have a record of 73 youths who have been visiting the place most of them musicians, visual artists, actors, designers etc.
The whole establishment of the project is estimated to have costed more than sh. 60 million, main donors being National Museum, Cisco, Seacom, Ministry of art sports and culture among others.
However, Mr.Mahmud has urged more donors to come out and support the project.
“ We need more partners especially from here in Mombasa, am happy that Kenya Ports Authority KPA has promised to support us.” He added.