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Steering the Development Agenda: Building an Enterprising People

  Feb 6, 2015

Micro- and small-scale enterprises (MSEs) have become important players in the Kenyan economy due to the large pool of Kenyans employed and the contribution of the enterprises to the country’s GDP.

With social development being a core pillar of the mission of Strathmore University, Strathmore Business School partnered with the coast development authority to provide a Business Management training of trainers program to entrepreneurs in the coast region. 60 entrepreneurs were selected for this course from the six counties of the Coast region and represented a good mix of businesses within the region.

The words of our dean, Dr. Njenga, were echoed out from the program “Kenyans are a resourceful people. We have solutions to our own problems. All that is needed is the right knowledge and skills”. The program delivered practical skills, knowledge and tools for the entrepreneurs to use in their various businesses.
The training incorporated a slightly different methodology from the previous programs as participants will be expected to undertake a communal project that incorporates other people within their community or improve various aspects of their businesses that are a challenge. The participants will go through a thorough coaching and mentoring process to provide them with the necessary support and only upon the successful completion of the project will the participants graduate.

After attending an earlier Business Management Program, Mr. Nicholas Khumbu reported to have been able to set up a milk packaging plant through a financial grant of the Kwale County Government.

Jane Mbinga is the Director of Wakesho Community Based Organization. She reported to have managed to increase the product line of her organization to include value added coconut oil and amaranth flour, high quality kikoys, table mats and shoulder shawls. This she remarked was due to her improved managerial skills after the earlier SBS business management programs.

Mr. Anthony Njoroge reported that after the earlier program he developed a business plan for his garbage collection business idea which received funding from the Kenya Coastal Development Project. He is now operational and he has employed 25 people.

Many more alumni of the earlier programs narrated their successes after implementing the training that they had received.

“The businesses being undertaken are a true reflection of the transformation that we seek to propagate at Strathmore Business School”. These were the words of Mr. Patrick Ndungu, Senior manager of the Special Projects team speaking during the official launch of the program. The launch was graced by the Managing Director of the Coast Development Authority, Mr. James Kahindi and the County Executive for Trade, Industrialization, Cooperative Development, Tourism and Wildlife for Kilifi County, Hon. Gideon Saburi.

The participants of the Business Management training of Trainers program will undergo a coaching program and a second module and be graduated in July.

As Strathmore business School we greatly appreciate and applaud the great efforts of Mr. Geoffrey Rono, the Manager of the Alternative Livelihoods component of the Kenya Coastal Development Project, all the staff involved from the Kenya Coastal Development Project, the Managing Director of The Coast Development Authority, Mr. James Kahindi and the participants who accepted to take up this challenge.

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

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