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VALUE ADDITION IN KAKAMEGA AND VIHIGA CIDC’S

Kakamega county has around nine Constituency Industrial Development Centers (CIDC’s) CIDC and while Vihiga has around four. Some of the CIDC’s are occupied and fully functional housing MSE’s from different sectors. One of the CIDC that is occupied is the Mumias CIDC where there are MSE’s doing welding and fabrication of bolts and nuts that are sold at a shop at the CIDC and in the community. There is also carpentry, woodwork and tailoring. Another active CIDC in Kakamega is the Khwisero CIDC that is housing an MSE that is adding value to products from soya beans. The Small enterprise produces soya yoghurt, soya ujimix, soya flour, soya nuts and soya milk. The products are sold in the surrounding areas. The group needs support on ackaing and branding of products to enhance their look and feel.
In Vihiga County at one of the CIDCs, a group of women from Amakora Enterprises are also producing value added several items from banana fiber. The products include; ladies and laptop bags, food warmers, sandals, mats and other unique products. Other ventures at the CIDC include mechanical work, renewable energy concepts for the community like biogas and others. All these MSE’s are improving their livelihoods and the community through the employment opportunities generated from this CIDCs. MSEA through providing machines and market access will continue to support the MSE to grow their businesses.