Programme to boost SMES in training, linkages and financial access launched

Over 1500 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from across the country are set to receive a boost in financial literacy training, market linkages, business networking and financial access through a newly launched empowerment programme. The Inua Biashara programme brings together financial institutions, media houses, the national chamber of commerce and industry as well as learning institutions;…

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Safaricom Sacco Chairman Paul Msava

Safaricom Sacco to targets SMEs in new market strategy

Safaricom Sacco Limited is set to broaden its customer base by focusing on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This was revealed during a meeting with Cooperatives and MSMEs Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui. “Today, I received the Board of Safaricom Sacco Limited who paid me a courtesy call where we discussed many issues including broadening of…

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Businesswomen urged to form coops, take advantage of Govt funding

Businesswomen have been urged to form cooperatives and groups in order to enhance their chances of accessing government credit facilities. Speaking during a sensitization forum for over 500 leaders of registered women groups from Kisumu County, Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Information, Communication and the Digital Economy Eliud Owalo observed that cooperatives provide access to financial products and…

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Finance agencies asked to motivate coffee farmers for investments

A Matungulu Constituency doctor has asked banks and micro -finance institutions to come up with schemes to motivate coffee growers for investments in the region.  Dr Philip Munyao, a consulting doctor, said financial institutions should train farmers on investment opportunities, saying that if there were regular fora organized by the banks, the interaction will encourage farmers to…

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Sector experts urged to help SMEs access global markets

Experts in the cooperative movement have been challenged to assist small rural-based enterprises access local and international markets for their products. Women groups in Mbeere South involved in making eco-friendly kiondos from degradable sisal fibre said the fact that they cared for the environment qualified them for assistance. The Kiritiri Kwimenya Self-Help Group,   whose products…

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Varsity trains 100 South African SMEs on innovation, technology

Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (WRSETA) in partnership with Zetech University  are training over 100 SMEs from South Africa on networking, marketing, customer care, and food safety regulations among other business-oriented skills. South Africa’s High Commissioner to Kenya Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu said the skills will empower the SMEs to grow their country’s…

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Banks urged to change lending packages to serve SMEs

The government is negotiating with banking institutions to streamline their lending packages to accommodate small and medium enterprises, which are thought to be the pillar to the country’s future economy. Cooperatives Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui said the government was consulting with banks to restructure and be more attractive to the small and medium enterprises. Chelugui…

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Offer financial assistance to coffee farmers, banks urged

Dr Philip Munyao, a doctor in Matungulu constituency, has asked banks and micro -finance  institutions  to come up with schemes to motivate coffee growers in the region.  Dr Munyao asked the financial institutions to train farmers on investment opportunities, saying that if there were regular forum organized by the finance institutions, the interactions would enlighten…

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