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 How MSEA is transforming Entrepreneurship in Kenya: Part 1

Who we are!

The Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (‘MSEA’) is a state corporation under the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development.

Mandated to promote, develop and regulate micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in Kenya, MSEA is implementing key Government programmes aimed at mainstreaming the contribution of MSEs towards the activation of Vision 2030 and the Big 4 Agenda.


To promote industrial activity across the constituencies, MSEA is operationalizing Constituency Industrial Development Centers (CIDCs) across the country. The Authority is implementing a product development programme (dubbed One Constituency (CIDC) One Product), with the first phase of the programme targeting specific products produced within the newly refurbished CIDCs. Borrowing from the one village, one product (OVOP) model and in collaboration with other relevant agencies such as KEBS and KIPI among others, the authority is identifying locally available resources/materials in each constituency which can be value added for greater economic benefit. The value added products will then be marketed both locally and internationally.

At the MSEA MSE Centre of Excellence in Kariobangi, Nairobi, MSEA has a modern center for manufacturing, technical capacity building and learning, that also hosts the Nairobi Biashara center. The COE projects a model manufacturing center riding on common user production concept. MSEA replicate these centers in all major towns across the country.

Training of welders dealing with PSV car bodies at Kariobangi Center of Excellence

Cold Storage Facilities

To reduce post-harvest losses, and enhance the value of agricultural produce, MSEA is constructing three modern cold storage facilities for potatoes, bananas and related produce in Kisii, Nyandarua and Meru counties. These facilities will benefit over are 10,000 farmers in these regions.


To unlock the entrepreneurial capacity among the youth, the Authority has supported 38,086 youth through the issuance of business start-up grants amounting to Ksh. 1,414,440,000 and 49,701 youth have received business development services training through the World Bank-supported Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Programme, KYEOP. This is a social protection and youth empowerment project implemented over a five year period to increase employment and earning opportunities to targeted youth aged between 18-29.

MSEA is implementing the component which entails job creation through the provision of Business Development Services, grants support and the MbelenaBiz business plan competition. In the Mbelenabiz award ceremony which took place on 24th February 2021, 750 successful youth were issued with funding worth Ksh.1,360,000,000.

KYEOP grants beneficiaries from Vipingo and Kisumu

In part two, read about MSEA’s involvement in building the capacities of Micro and Small Enterprises, including providing them with market linkages