On December 8, the Hub held a Kenya Leather Industry Development Program Diagnostic Study Validation Workshop in partnership with its grantee, IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative Limited. The workshop provided IL&FS Cluster with an opportunity to present the findings of its Kenya Leather Industry Development Program Diagnostic Study and to solicit feedback from relevant stakeholders. The ultimate objective is to develop a report that clearly diagnoses the status of the Kenya leather sector.
“The workshop was very good and great for the industry because the team that was given the mandate to undertake the diagnostic study have done an excellent job. The information they have given to us is a true reflection of the industry,” said Moses Mwangi a Trainer Footwear Technology at Training and Production Centre for Shoe Industry.
In early October, IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative Limited conducted a diagnostic study and assessed skill-related gaps across different segments of Kenya’s leather value chain. The IL&FS leather expert identified the following issues as some of the challenges hindering growth of the Kenya’s leather sector: low recovery and lack of quality hides and skins, low levels of modernization and upgradation of technologies, lack of adequate infrastructure, limited access to market information and input supplies, over dependence on traditional skill and low labor productivity due to inadequate formal training/unskilled manpower.
The Kenya Leather Industry Development Program comprises a series of capacity-building interventions all along the leather value chain aimed at improving the sector’s performance.