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Seminar to enhance handicraft industry's know-how
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Feb '10
A handicraft seminar, to address repositioning of the sector and to perk up its competitiveness, has been organized by the International volunteering program VSO Jitolee. The organization calls the handicraft industry as a crucial component of the Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) sector.

Export revenue from commercial handicrafts has been gradually increasing since 2001. Revenue has augmented approximately from Sh449 million in 2001, and reached Sh550 million in 2006 and Sh760 million in 2007, as per the statistical data on the value and volume of exports on product-by-product basis.

The workshop titled 'Strengthening Kenya's Competitive Edge: Challenges and Prospects for the Handicraft Industry' will carry discussions and discover ways to deal with challenges as well as will find prospects for the industry based on learning from VSO Jitolee's Improved Sustainable Livelihoods (ISL) project.

Besides, it is expected that the emerging trends in the export markets would be addressed in the prospective seminar, as well as additional ways to incorporate small producers into industry growth could also be learnt during the event, said Ms. Pauline Kamau, Secure Livelihoods Program Manager at VSO Jitolee.

ISL supports women, living on the Coast, Nairobi and Eastern provinces of the country, engaged in handicrafts and fruit processing sectors.

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