Kariokor Leather Factory to launch in July 2019 in Kenya

Kariokor Leather Factory to launch in July 2019 in Kenya

Nairobi City Governor Mike Sonko will officially disclose the multi-million shilling market in July to make way for production of leather products like shoes, belts and hand bags.


The Kariokor factory in Starehe Constituency is being constructed in partnership with the Kenya Leather Development Council.


Nairobi residents will now acquire and use locally made leather products in the city in the next two months after the opening of the  new Kariokor Common Leather factory.


"The Kariokor Common Leather facility will make a great step towards perceiving Kenya's Vision 2030, the country's economic development blueprint that targets to transform Kenya into a middle-income country", said Mike Sonko.


Sonko further continued saying, "This will go a long way in production of good quality shoes that meet international standards. The facility is likely to have an average annual production growth from the present two million shoes to 10 million shoes. This will boost traders' annual income to more than Sh1 billion annually by the year 2022."


Nairobi City County Trade CECM Allan Igambi, said, "at present the old Kariokor market employs about 1,000 people which is expected to grow ten times to 10,000 in three years both directly and indirectly via subsidiary jobs."


"once opened it will create job opportunities for the youth in Nairobi", said Igambi.


The old Kariokor market at present produces over two million pairs of shoes annually and the production is likely to extend and grow remarkably once the new market is functional.


Nairobi County Trade Chief Officer Fred Nzioki, said, "We are now all set for the announcement of the leather factory in Kariokor. President Kenyatta and Governor Sonko are likely to officially open the facility. Once opened our people will be able to export shoes and other leather products."