A s million leather turning machine was Wednesday launched at the Kisumu County Industrial Centre witnessed by a large crowd of local Jua Kali artisans.
Kisumu Jua Kali Association Director, Antony Kwache said the machine was expected to improve the quality of products artisans produce and facilitate them to work faster and with ease.
Kwache said the machine was capable of molding metals into preferred shapes besides saving the artisans from exploitation from leasing the machines from private individuals at Sh350, 000 per month.
He admitted that Juakali artisans have had it rough as they grappled with various partners and elected leaders to create a suitable environment to go about their businesses as opposed to working by the roadside.
Other challenges the artisans faced include; lack of modern machine and insurance for their businesses and products against unexpected disasters, such as fire, theft and destruction of their properties especially when the County Government Askaris targeted such structures.
Kwache also cautioned the officials of the Association to remain steadfast in their resolve to push the agenda of their colleagues instead of supporting politicians who were often keen on misusing them to cause chaos and violence against their political rivals.
Source: Kenya News Agency