Governor Jack Ranguma yesterday officially opened a garment making cluster at Kisumu National Polytechnic, an initiative which is a ‘second’ KICOMI in Kisumu. Kisumu Cotton Mills (KICOMI) was a major garments manufacturing industry that collapsed in the 90s hence impoverishing most of the cotton farmers in the larger western Kenya region.
The initiative by Ranguma is a collaboration between th County Government of Kisumu and Kisumu National Polytechnic. It is set to benefit students from Kisumu National Polytechnic and designers by creating employment for many youths who will benefit from the value chain.
This project will not only benefit the students at Kisumu Polytechnic but will help in training more youth to empower them as professionals in fashion and design.
The project is expected to open-up more opportunities of employment for the residents of Kisumu, particularly for the youth and women.
“You do not have to import clothes anymore! They have been brought closer to you.” said the governor.
Governor Jack Ranguma said plans to revive cotton growing in Kisumu to support the project is underway, with residents set to benefit from subsidized hybrid cotton seeds alongside other incentives to kick-start the process.
“I’m in the fashion industry, I own an agency called Delan Models and we do shows yearly. We are currently spreading to having a fashion line. I just wanted to know more about the program, because for me it’s a huge boost to the fashion industry in Kisumu,” said Linda Kadz, a player in Kisumu’s fashion industry.