A selection of learning documents focused on strengthening the capacities of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and small entrepreneurs (SEs) in the agriculture, constructive, and extractive sectors of Kenya. These documents further outline how MEDA, through the M-SAWA project, contributed to Kenya’s economic growth and created more jobs by providing technical assistance, access to technology, inputs, and finance and by facilitating market access for SEs.
The goal of M-SAWA was to contribute to Kenya’s economic growth and increase job creation by improving the business, environmental, and gender performance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and small entrepreneurs (SEs) in the agriculture, construction, and extractives sectors. M-SAWA targeted 20 counties experiencing poverty along Kenya’s two major economic growth corridors. The project was designed to benefit 250 SMEs and 20,000 SEs including:
The 7-year project, implemented from 2015 to 2022, focused on areas with high levels of poverty along Kenya’s two economic transportation corridors: the Northern ‘Mombasa-to-Uganda’ Corridor and the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor, the project had an overall budget of CAD $29.2 million funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) as well as MEDA supporters and partners.
MEDA worked with 25 Lead Firms, 12 Business Associations, 9 BDS providers and 2 private equity investment (PEI) funds to provide: