The Kisumu Garment and Textile Incubator project, launched in 2015 at the Kisumu Polytechnic in the western Kenya’s Kisumu town, has now achieved ‘unprecedented growth’ with incomes projected to reach $100,000 between July 2017 and June 2018. The project had established a garment-making cluster and a textile and garment incubation centre.
The project was launched with financial support from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) initiative started in 1994 under the European Union-funded Technical Cooperation Facility (TCF).
The project sustains itself financially mainly through membership fees and monthly contributions. The beneficiaries are small and medium enterprises dealing in garment making, handloom and textile designing. About 60 per cent of the members of this cluster are women, with more than half of them aged between 18 and 35, according to a recent COMESA press release.
Senior principal at the polytechnic Joyce Nyanjom said the centre has embarked on a sensitization campaign of the services and courses being offered.
The centre helps to market the member’s products through exhibitions and networking, lobbying for tenders and subcontracting in supplying garments products on behalf of the members, improving quality of members’ products and building the capacity of members by providing management and skills training.
The facility’s latest equipment has helped improve quality of garments and meet delivery deadlines, said the incubator’s chairperson Sali Mohammed Ramadan. (DS)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India