YGB Scholarships


YEMA’s mission is to support the education of underserved students in Kibera slum in Nairobi Kenya where our founder was born and raised. Because we realise the indispensable value of education, YEMA is happy to support the dreams and aspirations of Kibera youth. Currently, YEMA GIVES BACK Scholarship is for primary and secondary school students who live in Kibera slum in Nairobi Kenya.

Award amount: Varies
Deadline: Dec 30th 2017
Available to: Class 7 Students through Secondary School Students

Requirements for applying for YGB Scholarship:

1. Be presently enrolled in school
2. Be in class 7 or higher
3. Have a mean grade of C or 250 marks and above in previous terms/trimesters
4. Report forms from your previous terms/trimesters
5. One page essay describing yourself, your goals, reasons for choosing these goals and why you deserve the scholarship.



You must live in Kibera to be eligible for this award.




Please submit all applications to






Yema Khalif, the founder and CEO of YEMA, grew up in Kibera slums (the largest slum in Africa) in Nairobi Kenya. He knows what it is like to live without clean running water, good schools and job opportunities, much less TV or online shopping. Born in a family of 8, his parents could barely afford school fees, so Yema had to drop out of high school two times even though he was getting good grades. "I thank my mom for forcing me back to school because I had given up," he recalls. "She was able to pay for me to finish school by selling off my dad's cool stereo and gas cooker." 

Through a scholarship from Road to Freedom (RFS), an organization that empowers and educates children living in extreme poverty, Yema was able to come to the US to study Communications and Media at Dominican University of California.

Knowing what a difference his family and the scholarship made in his life, Yema's mission is to support the education of vulnerable girls in Kibera slums. To combine his passion for design, athletics and helping other kids back home in Kibera, Yema created the sportswear company YEMA, LLC. He founded the company in the San Francisco Bay Area with his friend and Dominican University classmate Rawad Abou Hassan. YEMA, LLC designs and sells high quality and fashionable sportswear and lifestyle wear. Your purchase is powerful. 10% of each purchase you make from goes to YEMA GIVES BACK Scholarship program which supports kids in Kibera slum.