Technical Monitoring Report
The Kenya technical monitoring was carried out in two phases: First phase covered Nairobi and environs area (24 October – 27 October 2017) and Western Kenya i.e. Kakamega area (16-17 November 2016). On the first day of the technical monitoring, grantees gave presentations on the progress of the project mainly focusing on the uptake of SCP practices. During the presentations, it was noted that data on actual uptake of the SCP practices was not reported by the grantees e.g. Kwh saved on energy use per unit of production, water saved per unit of production, increase in incomes, jobs created, etc.
The following points were noted during the visit of the MSMEs in Kenya:
Main observations during the field visits to MSMEs in Kenya:
a. Skills enhanced from capacity building on footwear technology to enable production of competitive products.
b. Training undertaken in the use of offcuts to make sandals and key holders thus reducing waste.
c. Improved market access through networking with other beneficiaries.
d. Improved record keeping and product costing leading to increased earnings from footwear through better pricing.
e. Optimum utilization of leather through best practices in cutting, therefore, reduction in solid waste.
f. Reduction in idle time for some machines which the entrepreneur has been able to allow other MSMEs to utilize the machine at a fee.
g. Ability to access quality leather from tanneries through clustering with other MSMEs therefore better bargaining power.
h. Registration of products Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has been carried out.
i. Artisans trained in different footwear production and reduction of solid wastes through use off cuts in production of sandals.
j. Improved on farm SCP practices leading to increased income among farmers
k. Improved work flow processes in manufacturing hence saving time
l. Most of the MSMEs have adopted various initiatives to adopt resource efficiency (water and energy) as well as resource optimization
m. Financing was cited as a challenge for most of the MSMEs
Recommendations by the technical monitoring team:
a. Improve on documentation by the MSMEs and grantees to capture impact of activities. E.g. increase in income due to the change in footwear technology, profit from reducing machine idle time, income from sale of offcuts instead of throwing this away, etc.
b. Training on SCP should be rounded i.e. grantees should also capacity build on occupation health and safety.
c. Linkages with other grantees could support the training on SCP e.g. stronger linkages with the Kenya Cleaner Production Center (KNCPC)
d. Linkages with the multi-country grantees could support the business development training of selected MSMEs.
e. Enhance Visibility of the project in grantees websites
f. An issue with internal management of one of the MSMEs has stalled the processing of Mondia Whytei plant (an output in the particular project). It was agreed that the grantee would work with the new management and get the documentation from old management and deliver them to the County Governor as had been agreed previously. The Kenya national coordinator would follow up on this issue to ensure it has been resolved.