Nairobi County in move to support over 1.6 million jua kali artisans

Nairobi’s County government will in the near future, put up street lights in every corner of the County in a bid to make the jua kali sector a 24 hour economy, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has said. Speaking when he held bilateral talks with Jua kali sector leaders this morning, Kidero affirmed that the County government would also help the sector in terms of innovation, access to affordable funds, sales and marketing of their products, among other measures. He said all the promises he has made will be accomplished once the national government clears the debt it owes the county.

“Once the National government pays us all our dues, we shall allocate part of the kitty towards the Jua kali sector to help it thrive,” said the Governor.

He said he will be consulting other stakeholders to put up a training institute to help artisans not only make useful products, but also aid them in promoting and marketing their goods. He was responding to National Chairman of the Jua akli sector, John Muhoro’s request to the county government to support the sector. He had urged the government to help artisans access affordable loans. Commenting on the same, Nairobi Deputy Governor Jonathan Mweke said the County government does not employ but creates a conducive environment for employment opportunities.

“The county government doesn’t employ people but creates an environment that supports job opportunities,” he said.

Nairobi alone has the highest number of jua kali artisans, which currently stands at 1.6 million people and is ranked among the leading sectors in terms of job creation. Only 50,000 Nairobi residents, out of a population of more than, one million are in formal employment. The County government has urged the sector to be more curious, especially when selling their products in bulk, saying their partnership will help the County protect them and the entire region as well.

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