business growth

Can shared tools and high quality training spur innovation in Kenya's informal furniture industry?

By Jeremy Shapiro, Chaning Jang on Monday, 9 October 2017.

Practical training with Isaac in Kenya

On the outskirts of Nairobi, Ngong Road is lined by fundi’s stalls – many small workshops making rustic furniture with hand tools, few employees, and limited space and scale. Though it appears that aggregate demand for the goods provided by this industry would allow for scale, consolidation and growth, these small enterprises continue operating at small scale with limited capital and producing goods of moderate quality at high labor cost.

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