Department of Micro and Small Industries (MSI)

Headed by: Mr. Joseph Mbeva

1. Functions

  1. Promote entrepreneurship culture to create, grow and graduate Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs)
  2. Facilitate creation of conducive business environment for MSEs
  3. Facilitate value addition and utilization of local raw materials
  4. Facilitate productivity and competitiveness of MSEs
  5. Facilitate linkages of MSEs with sources of finance, technology and markets,
  6. Provide Business Development Services for MSEs
  7. Coordination of Industrial field services

2. Programmes and Projects

The Division implements three projects in collaboration with development partners

a. Generate, Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) Programme

Objectives of the Programme:

The Generate, Start & Improve Your Business (SIYB) is an entrepreneurial training programme with a focus on generating, starting and improving small businesses as a strategy for creating wealth and better employment opportunities for Youth and Women in Kenya. It is implemented in partnership with International Labour Organization (ILO) and World Vision Kenya. The long-term overall SIYB objective is to contribute to economic growth in general focusing on value addition and manufacturing.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Build capacity of Ministry staff as Business Development Service (BDS) providers, to effectively and independently implement business start up and improvement training and related activities
  • Enable potential and existing entrepreneurs, through BDS to generate business ideas and start viable businesses, to increase the viability of existing enterprises to improve efficiency and reduce wastes.

Project Activities:

In 2012, ILO secured the services of Enterprise Development Network (EDN) which is a firm with a pool of Master Trainers certified by ILO who mounted 2 weeks intensive Training of Trainers (ToT) course for 30 Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development (MOIED) Staff.

The Trained officers were provided with training materials/manuals by ILO and mount Training of Entrepreneurs (TOE) in the field at three levels:

  • Generate Your Business Idea – for people who want to start a business but are not sure of the business idea to pursue. The potential entrepreneurs are assisted to describe concrete business idea, identify potential sources of ideas, generate business ideas, and select the most suitable idea to pursue.
  • Start Your Business- for people who have a practical business idea and want to start a new business. The potential entrepreneurs are assisted with steps in starting a business and results in a business plan for the proposed business venture. The potential entrepreneurs are linked to sources of finance, technologies and markets
  • Improve your Business - for people who have operated business for at least six to one year. They are equipped with business skills to be able to handle identified challenges.

 b. Public-Private County Business Development Centers

Objectives of the Programme:

The programme is implemented in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ministry of Devolution and Planning and County Governments under the umbrella Economic Empowerment Program (EEP). The CBDCs are aligned to the goals set by GoK in Medium Term Plan (MTP) II which promotes inclusive and equitable economic growth in Kenya and seeks to ensure that the poor and vulnerable participate in and benefit from economic growth. 

UNDP to mobilize resources and brings together other UN agencies specifically UNIDO and other development partners to ensure technical support for establishing worksites which will be complemented by the business development centre services for maximum impact.

The Activities:

Capacity building through supply chain development initiatives, enhance access to technology transfer, finance, value chain development initiatives, innovations and industrial development programs for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to offer the target groups product development opportunities and linkages to markets and value chains.

Business Development Services (BDSs) to facilitate entrepreneurship and promote partnerships that create forward and backward linkages for MSMEs to grow at the county, national and regional levels. The centers will actively build partnerships with public, private and civil society/donor organizations and execute public-private partnership development programs capitalizing on the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development infrastructural facilities such as Constituency Industrial Development Centers, industrial clusters, and industry parks.

c. Productivity Improvement Programme

The programme targets Micro, Small and Medium industries and is implemented in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation agency (JICA) and Productivity Center of Kenya (PCK) under the Ministry of Labour and Social Services.

The objectives are:

  • Strengthening of productivity improvement skills of PCK and MOIED staff by carrying our industrial diagnosis and improvement at firm level
  • Carrying out TOTs programmes to build capacity of technical service providers (TSPs) and thereby enhancing of GOK
  • Understanding productivity policy and measurement challenges facing the country
  • Labour productivity improvement using the Japanese 5S (Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardise, and Sustain) Model

3. Achievements

The division has achieved the following under the the above-mentioned programmes:

  1. Entrepreneurial training programmes in conjunction with the ILO and World Vision in various regions of the country. In the financial years 2012/13 and 2013/14, about 1,000 youth and women entrepreneurs have been trained on enterprenuership development in agro-processing, textile, and soap and detergent manufacture, among others.
  2. Facilitated the construction of Constituency Industrial Development Centers (CIDC) in the counties. Out of 188 constituencies where land was availed, 165 CIDCs have been completed. Four categories of workshop tools and equipment for capentry, metal fabrication, automotive and construction have been procured for the centers.
  3. Nine industries in Nairobi dealing in agro-processing (honey processing, peanut butter, textiles, vegetable processing, shoes making), pharmaceutical and engineering (fiber glass, buttons) have been piloted under the productivity improvement program using the 5S productivity improvement tool. There has been marked improvement in profitability, economic use of floor space, new product lines and additional job opportunities.

4. Planned and Ongoing Projects

4.1 Equipping and operationalization of the Constituency Industrial Development Centers (CIDCs)

  • To provide facilities to support start up enterprises in various industrial sub sectors.
  • To provide business development services to the start enterprises to ensure their growth.
  • Incubation facilities to be used to overcome bottlenecks such as work space, training, and access to capital/markets, infrastructure
  • Shared facilities to develope supportive and stimulating environment for entrepreneurship development.
  • To facilitate innovation, commercialization of industrial research and development findings, technology transfer and sub-contracting, cluster formation and promoting best practice in production and work environment for the benefit of the local community and the region.
  • To put in place a sustainable mechanism for provision of Technical and Business Development Services.
  • To provide common manufacturing facilities.

Constituency Industrial Development Centers (CIDCs)
Photograph 1: Sample of completed CIDC

4.2 Implementation of the Value Chain Analysis study (completion date June 2014) in four prioritized industrial sub-sectors (textile, leather, food processing and furniture & metal fabrication)

The purpose of the study is to: 

  • Promote, grow and graduate Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)
  • Add value to locally available resources
  • Enable the manufacturing sector to attain and sustain an annual sector growth of 15 percent
  • Make Kenya the most competitive and preferred location for industrial investment in Africa
  • Generate employment opportunities for:
    1. Women
    2. Youth
    3. Rural communities
    4. Urban communities

The study includes the following activities:

  • Understanding the value chain
  • Developing a vision for each sub-sector
  • Developing Implementation Plan for each sub-sector (based on the analyses)

Field Offices In The Counties

The Ministry is represented in the Counties by the County Industrial Development Officers who person the functions of industrial and enterprise development. Therea are a total of 22 zones, with some zones having more than one county as follows:


(Field Office)




Mary Kalerwa

West Pokot, Turkana


David  Rono

Homabay, Migori


Jerry N. Kugo



Fanuel Angaya

Kericho, Narok, Bomet


William K. Mitei

Nakuru, Baringo


Nicholas N. Gakiha

Machakos, Makueni


Joseph N. Ngugi

Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Marakwet


Roy Nyangena

Trans Nzoia


Dominic Lidigu

Kiambu,  Murang’a


Chistropher W. Njabara

Garissa, Wajir, Mandera


Michael K. Mutava



Benedict Simba

Nyeri, Samburu


Peter Kiarie

Nairobi, Kajiado


Lawrence M. Ngari

Nyandarua, Laikipia


James Wambugu

Kisumu, Siaya


Samuel Mogeni

Kakamega , Vihiga


Thomas O. Omwnge

Embu, Kirinyaga


Nobby Macharia

Meru, Isiolo, Marsabit, Tharaka Nithi


David Mbithuka

Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu


Emmanuel Komora

Kisii, Nyamira


Stanley Koske

Mombasa, Taita Taveta, Kwale


Khan Mwalonya




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