Over 500 traders showcase their SME skills in Lamu

Over 500 traders showcase their SME skills in Lamu

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Part of Lamu Island. FILE/PHOTO.

Lamu, KENYA: Traders sponsored and trained by the Kenya Coastal Development Project-KCDP from various coastal counties congregated in Lamu Island to showcase and exhibit their various skills in micro business.

The more than 500 traders from Lamu,Taita Taveta,Mombasa and Kwale also had a chance to interact with Lamu leaders among them governor Issa Timamy and business and financial experts from the KCDP.

The KCDP coastal coordinator Hassan Keinan the programme on Wednesda said they had so far trained 521 small traders and 15 Chama groups from all over the coast and equipped them with basic entrepreneurial skills at the Strathmore University in Nairobi.

He said the traders have also received funding to enable them pursue business ventures that will enable them improve their livelihoods.

Keinan said the KCDP’s objective was to ensure communities at the coast are well equipped with skills to be able to rise above the increasing poverty levels and poor livelihoods.

He said the move will also see the rise of economies in the various counties involved.

Keinan said the exhibition was specifically organized to enable the traders from the counties involved to intermingle and exchange ideas and skills, in order to enable for growth of the various business enterprises being pursued.

“The KCDP has sponsored 521 traders to the Strathmore university where they have acquired skills to enable them pursue life changing business enterprises. We shall still do more so that we can play a part in growing the coastal economies,”said Keinan.

Lamu governor pledged to support all projects by the KCDP in the county in order to enable the achievement of the set objectives.

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Lamu county commissioner Joseph Kanyiri promised to ensure the county was safe enough for business and trade to take place effectively.