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Ensuring High-Quality Skins and Hides for Kenya’s Expanding Leather Sector

Published on April 27, 2017

From April 24 – 25, the Hub partnered with the Central Leather Research Institute to conduct a two-day leather-training workshop for Kenyan flayers. The practices of Kenyan flayers can make or break the quality of inputs for Kenya’s growing leather sector, which with government and Hub support, intends to expand its export reach and competitiveness. 

Workshop instructors stressed the importance of maintaining high-quality skins in addition to high-quality cuts of meat. Flay cuts greatly reduce the quality of raw hides and skins intended for value-added use in the leather sector.

“I can see a great change in the future of raw hides and skins and its preservation thanks to the effective training we got,” said Ben Mwaura of Champion Shoes.

The Hub supported the training as part of its Kenya Leather Industry Development Program (KLIDP), implemented by its grantee IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative India. KLIDP is a Kenya leather sector capacity building activity that aims to increase the competitiveness of Kenyan leather products for export, and to attract investment into the sector. Kenyan government officials expect that its new leather park should drive the employment of an additional 50,000 leather workers by 2020. Hub supported leather training workshops will help ensure that these workers are prepared for employment opportunities in the upcoming leather park.