Ministry Milestones

Development of Small & Medium Enterprises and the Jua Kali Sector

Description Supporting Small & Medium Enterprises and Jua Kali development in Kenya by providing support infrastructure
2013
Protection and Institutionalisation of the SMEs and Jua Kali Markets 
  • No structured and coordinated approach towards protecting markets
Access to Credit 
  • Limited access to credit to cater for expansion & running costs. Financial Institutions are focused on formal businesses that can provide collateral 
Access to Markets and Opportunities 
  • Limited access to local and international markets due to poorly developed value chains e.g. quality testing to ensure that export standards specifications are met
  • 106 SME enterprises were assisted to test market newly developed products in 5 markets in partnership with Commonwealth Secretariat (COMSEC) - USAID, DANIDA BSPS and Women Enterprise Fund (WEF) 
  • No systematic attempt to ring fence markets for enterprises owned by the Youth and Women within GoK's procurement market which is dominated by large and established firms 
Capacity Building to Deepen the Skill Pool  
  • Capacity building focus is narrow, reaching a few SMEs. Capacity building is mostly focused on formal training programmes in universities
Current Status
Protection and Institutionalisation of the SMEs and Jua Kali Markets 
  • Establishment of the Micro and Small Enterprise Authority (MSEA) under the Micro and Small Enterprise Act No. 55 of 2012. MSEA aims to promote Small & Medium Enterprises and Jua Kali businesses 
  • Legal requirements for starting a business has been simplified by removing bureaucracy and red tape
  • Rehabilitation of infrastructure in areas hosting SMEs e.g.  rehabilitation of roads in Kariobangi to support the cottage industries 
  • Registration of the Jua Kali Association to ensure coordinated support to the sector 
  • Setting up the Kariakor Leather Manufacturing Facilities to provide shared infrastructure to 7,000 SMEs 
Access to Credit 
  • Provision of additional credit lines to ensure that Jua Kali Artisans have access to financing through the Uwezo , Youth and Women funds. 
Access to Markets and Opportunities 
  • 408 enterprises from 45 counties have benefited from the Product Development Programme leading to development of new products and test marketing in foreign markets 
  • The AGPO Program initiated to enhance access of youth, women and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to Government procurement 
Capacity Building to Deepen the Skill Pool 
  • Expansion of capacity building initiatives in order to deepen the the skill pool 
    • Upgrade of Technical Training Institutions and Polytechnics to support the growth of SMEs and cottage industries 
    • Financial literacy training for Jua Kali artisans to support financial skills development 
Progress
Protection and Institutionalisation of the SMEs and Jua Kali Markets 
  • Improved business climate for SMEs through operationalisation of the Micro and Small Enterprise Authority (MSEA), reduced legal requirements for starting a business and infrastructure rehabilitation to support growth of SMEs
Access to Credit 
  • Over KSh.300 million disbursed to SMEs and Jua Kali artisans
Access to Markets and Opportunities 
  • 85 enterprises successfully got introduced to the foreign markets and test marketed their newly developed products (regionally and internationally) 
  • Expanded access through AGPO which ensures that 30% of government procurement opportunities are reserved for the Youth and Women 
Capacity Building to Deepen the Skill Pool 
  • Expansion of capacity building development programmes beyond traditional universities to include training at Technical Training Institutes and Polytechnics 
Impact
  1. Increased employment opportunities 
  2. Access to new markets due to products standardisation
  3. Enhanced skill pool to drive productivity improvements
  4. Increased investments as a result of improved ease of doing business 

Development of Small & Medium Enterprises and the Jua Kali Sector

Contacts

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  • P.O. Box 30418-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Telephone: +254 20-2731531
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