From May 4 - 16, the Hub partnered with its grantee IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative and the Central Leather Research Institute to facilitate a two-week leather-training workshop for representatives from Kenyan tanneries and education institutions. The training, conducted at the Kenya Research Institute, the premier product innovation and development training facility for small and medium-sized enterprises, focused on clean and efficient leather processing technologies.
Ominde Elvis from Dogbones Tannery, one of the participants who benefited from the training says, “It has been an informative and empowering session, especially the training on cleaner production techniques. I have learnt new methods of utilizing waste products by converting them into valuable finished goods.”
“The training was excellent. I learnt a lot, especially how to improve the leather sector using new technologies like waterless chrome tanning, and recycling chemicals in order to minimize the total dissolved solids in the effluent treatment,” said Jane Mwikali, a Leather Technologist from University of Nairobi.
The training series is part of the Kenya Leather Industry Development Program (KLIDP), implemented by the Hub’s grantee IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative that aims to increase the competitiveness of Kenyan leather products for export, and to attract investment in the sector.