Kenyan artists highlight SMEs

Capturing Kenya’s beauty through art

Kenyan artists have portrayed the country as an SME driven economy through two-dimensional artworks.

12 hours ago Kenyan artists have portrayed the country as an SME driven economy through two-dimensional artworks showcasing in this year’s Safaricom PLC Calendar.

Majority of the artwork selected for the 2019 calendar shows small traders in city centres across the country busy enjoying what they do best to make ends meet as they strive to achieve their dreams.

There are exhibits of women selling vegetables in a market day, a man sharpening knives at a busy junction, a cobbler mending shoes, bodaboda operators waiting patiently for customers over a banter, Jua Kali artisans making household goods, a man pulling a handcart of water, a shoe shiner attending to customers and another showing Kenyans enjoy a cup of beef soup outside a butchery.

It is a true picture of Kenya’s daily hustle for a sector that employs 80 per cent of people living in the country and accounts for 92 percent of all jobs that are created by the economy.


The sector contributes 45 per cent of the GDP to highlight the importance of small businessmen who are using their talents and creativity to support growth of the economy while boosting their social well-being.

However, these small enterprises are faced with much difficulties with about 46 percent of them reported to be closing shop within a year of operation, due to what experts say is inability to tackle glitches in the market.

Deloitte Kenya Economic Outlook 2016 report, highlights lack of enough capital, limited market access, deprived and unsupportive infrastructure, inadequate knowledge and skills as key challenges affecting small businesses.

Technological advancement, runway corruption and unfavourable regulatory environment were also found to be creating disharmony to the sector.


In yet another piece of art featured, the matatu culture is portrayed in graffiti to explain the importance of the sector to artists especially in urban centres and Nairobi City.In recent years, the practise of pimping out and colour exploding in local matatus has been all the rage out of a new love from the young and outgoing urban population.With Matatus supporting 70 per cent of the city’s 4.5 million commuters, a bigger market has been created for graffiti artist like the famous ‘Moha’ Mohammed a graffiti artist.There are also several artworks showcasing different cultural activities like bullfighting, a cultural practice famous in west-ern […]

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