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Jua kali artisans urged to register for state support

Government official says most artisans miss out on funding because of lack of documentation

In Summary
  • The government says there are a lot of artisans who are doing exemplary work and even creating employment for many people, but are unknown.

  • Jua Kali artisans urged to produce quality products that can be sold outside the country.

A jua kali artisan in Embakasi.
A jua kali artisan in Embakasi.
Image: FILE

The government has urged jua kali artisans and mechanics in rural areas to register themselves in groups or form Saccos.

This is to enable them access loan facilities to improve their businesses.

Through the Kenya National Federation of Jua Kali Association, the state decried that there were a lot of artisans who were doing exemplary work and creating employment for many people, but were not known.

The federation's managing director Richard Muteti said lack of registration has left the artisans missing out in accessing jua kali finance from the government, banks and other lending institutions.

The director said the institutions may help boost their work and leave them expanded, since they have no records to show.

Muteti said they have been going around the country to educate and enlighten the artisans on the need to be registered.

“We have been going round the country to reach out to all artisans in the country. However, a few have registered themselves as groups but a majority have not,” he said.

“They have no records even documentation of who they are. This is so serious since financiers require documentations of how you operate, financial reports, your members and even registration.” 

He spoke at Kwambira market when he accompanied Micro and Small Enterprises Authority CEO Henry Rithaa to donate garage equipment to Kwambira Jua Kali Association in Limuru constituency.

Other officials present were Limuru assistant county commissioner Mary Njuguna and Kwambira Jua Kali chairman PeterNdung’u.

Rithaa encouraged the artisans to be creative so that their products can be marketed outside the country.

He said the sector has already employed about 6.4 million Kenyans, saying most of their products are preferred by residents owing to their standards and quality.

However, he urged parents to ensure their children’s talents and creativity are sharpened by enrolling them at technical training institutes around the country.

Ndung’u thanked the government for recognising them since they were registered, adding that his group has more than 200 registered members.

 

(edited by Amol Awuor)

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