Effects of Business Management training on performance of Women owned microenterprises : a case of Women trained by Undugu Society in Kibera, Nairobi
In Kenya, the Small and Micro enterprise sector has been believed to be important in supporting economic development for a long time now, with inadequate business management Skills often cited as a major constraint in their growth. This study investigates the effects of business management training among women micro entrepreneurs in the Kibera Slum, Nairobi. It specifically seeks to establish the business management practices of the women before the training was, identify the kind of Business management training received by the women., examine the effects of the business management training, on the women and on their businesses and to establish the constraints faced by the women micro-entrepreneurs even after training. A total of 60 respondents mainly from Silanga and Kisumu Ndogo and Lindi, were sampled using stratified random sampling along business types: production, service and retail. They were through face to face interviews, using a structured questionnaire, with In-depth interviews of the 60 respondents being undertaken. The study found that majority of the women improved their business performance, after receiving the training, especially in terms of business returns: sales, profits, as well as on improved customers base. However, critical business management practices such as record keeping and financial management was still poor. Secondly, the study reveals that performance differed greatly when analyzed along variables such as asset base, and number of employees before and after training. It is recommended that future business management trainings ought to be more responsive to specific training needs of women and require that agencies carry out training needs assessment before conducting the Business management training. In addition, record keeping and financial management need to be given considerable attention during the training.