The Place of Home-Based Industries in Rural Kenya’s Socio-Economic Progress: A Case Study of Kakamega County

PaulPeter M. Makokha


Home-based industries, also referred to as cottage industries, are those units of production that are mostly located in homesteads, and which rely on human- or animal-propelled skills and technology. The home-based industries focused on in this academic paper are: pottery, crude sugar production, brick-making, liquor production, quarrying and masonry, carpentry, traditional medicine production, charcoal production, basketry and weaving, baking, bicycle repair, flour-grinding, and shoe-making and repair. These industries provide skill training and development, products for rural and urban consumption, employment opportunities, and contribute to development. The socio-economic contribution of home-based industries in rural Kenya is highlighted in this research paper.

Keywords: Home-based Industries, Socio-Economic Progress, Kakamega


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