65. Career coaching for 800 000 people
“I fill out job applications almost every day. Fuzu makes job seeking easy and keeps me informed of what is on offer. When you create a profile on Fuzu, the service looks for the jobs that match your search criteria and sends you messages about them,” says Gregory Oyolo, from Nairobi, who dreams about a job as a buyer.
Youth unemployment is a huge problem in Kenya. Before, the situation was even worse because job seekers did not often even know about vacancies. Fuzu, founded in Finland in 2013, changed the situation. This online career and recruitment platform brings together job seekers and companies that get in direct contact with skilled job seekers. The service provides career coaching and tips on how to write a CV. More than 800,000 Kenyan people have already used the service.
The intention is to expand Fuzu to other African countries as millions of new job seekers enter the continent’s labour market each year. When young people find work, the need to leave their home countries becomes less pressing. This helps to prevent migration. Fuzu has received funding from the Finnish development finance company Finnfund, majority of which is owned by the State of Finland. The innovation funding programme BEAM, funded by Finland, and the Finnish Business Partnership Programme, Finnpartnership, have also supported Fuzu.
Photo: Mikko Kiviluoto, graphics: Juho Hiilivirta