When 19-year old Denis Muthii came across a promotional Safaricom caravan in Kerugoya recently, he chose to purchase a Safaricom SIM card during the activation, having no idea that his life was about to drastically change. The young carpentry apprentice who had just completed his Form Four studies, has his own dreams of following in the footsteps of his brother who has been a carpenter for years. On the morning of 25th March 2019, a limousine was parked outside their home, waiting for him and his humble family, to take them to Safaricom’s glittering headquarters in Nairobi.
Denis has been recognised as the telco’s 30 millionth customer, a prestigious title that will now see him fulfill his ambition of joining a leading technical institution in the country. For crossing the milestone, in true pomp and galore, Safaricom has chosen to fund the young Kenyan’s tuition and upkeep for a technical course in Mechanical Engineering, for the next 2 years, to the tune of KES 300,000.
“We are deeply humbled and honoured that Denis and more than 30 million customers have chosen Safaricom as their preferred service provider,” said Sylvia Mulinge, Chief Customer Officer – Safaricom. “As a show of appreciation, we are glad to walk with Denis in his ambition to bring to life his passion to be a professional mechanical engineer.”
Denis has been working as a carpenter for the last two months before transitioning to a mechanic a week ago, joining his brother’s garage in Embu town. Safaricom has also handed him a fully-equipped mechanic’s toolkit.
In addition, Denis also receives a year’s worth of All-in-One bundles at KES 10,000 per month, KES 10,000 worth of airtime per month for a year, and a Samsung Note 9.
“I chose to purchase a Safaricom line because I felt their weekly bundles aligned closely with my needs. In addition, their Okoa Jahazi service has been timely when I am short of credit, and I find their Customer Care Agents accessible and polite. I thank them for this recognition and for supporting me in my ambition to be a mechanical engineer,” said Denis.
He joins more than 3,000 youth who are set to benefit from a separate KES 132 million Technical, Industrial, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training (TIVET) program by the Safaricom Foundation.
Announced in February 2019, the program will focus on entry-level training for four key areas within the construction industry specifically welding, plumbing and electrical engineering. The funds will be used for student’s fees, teacher training, setting up smart classrooms and construction of state of the art workshops.