- The ministry has asked players in the informal sector to work within their associations and corporatize so that they can access opportunities as project suppliers to produce doors and windows for Nairobi’s Starehe and Shauri Moyo estates.
The Kenyan government will purchase Sh3billion worth of doors and windows from the informal sector as part of the affordable housing project.
Infrastructure ministry says it will place the orders to produce 100,000 doors and 120,000 windows from local providers.
The ministry has asked players in the informal sector commonly known as Jua Kali to work within their associations and corporatize so that they can access opportunities as project suppliers to produce doors and windows for Nairobi’s Starehe and Shauri Moyo estates.
Housing Principal Secretary Charles Hinga said that the Ministry has ring-fenced some components used in construction of homes to ensure that the Jua Kali sector can supply inputs to the Program.
“The Jua Kali Sector is a big contributor to employment in the country and a key enabler of the manufacturing sector. We are keen to up-skill them to enable them to contribute to this national development project while supporting their growth,” Mr Hinga said.
The ministry is now encouraging players in the informal sector to form associations and register to provide construction components and materials for the Affordable Housing Programme.
“We have ring-fenced 69 items which must be supplied by our Jua Kali sector,” he said adding that to enable funding, a Multi-Agency Committee led by National Construction Authority (NCA) will provide the players with 30 percent advance payment upon the successful bidding process.