Optiven’s growth giving hope to SMES in Kenya amid economic turbulence

Kenya’s general elections are one of the critical events that impact businesses and the economy of the nation. All stakeholders, pivotal to the industry, in one way or another are affected by the activity. In this case, 2022 was expected to be the first time that the Kenyan economy overcame historical election anxiety to expand more than 5.0 per cent since the reintroduction of multi-party democracy in 1991.  The GDP has had a trend of declining during the election periods when firms put investment decisions on hold pending a return…

Why Contact a Marathon Interview and Disappear without Giving Results, JSC Commissioners Faulted

By Reporter The marathon interviews by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) came to an end last week. JSC seeks to boost the numbers in the High Court by twenty (20). The advert for these positions went out sometimes early this year together with those of the court of Appeal. The latter ones were filled in record time. JSC seemed to enter into slumber when the turn of High Judges came. The interviews were postponed more than four times, sometimes less than two days to a set date. JSC set a…

Electrical Vehicles Enthusiasts organize E-Mobility Expo to spur uptake

Association for Electrical Mobility and development in Africa (AEMDA) in partnership with various Electrical Automobiles enthusiasts such as Vehicle and Equipment Leasing Limited (VAELL), Go Electric Limited, Utu Cars, EVCHAJA,  Drive Electric Limited, Absa Bank, Tesla car owners, UNEP with support from the Africa E-Mobility Industry Action (AFEMI) among others, held an Electrical Vehicles (EVs) and related automobiles expo  Saturday the 29th of October 2022 at the Waterfront, Karen, Nairobi, during the Africa E-Mobility Week which came to a colorful end after a series of activities that involved the launch of…

Huawei partners with Africa Telecommunications Union to ramp up fiber connectivity

Huawei technologies today announced a partnership with the Africa Telecommunications Union to raise the tempo of transferring services to the digital sphere over the next eight years. Kenya was among the member countries attending the AfricaCom 2022 conference in Cape Town South Africa where the ICT Ministers and their representatives signed a joint communique agreeing to institute measurable initiatives in the development of their digital economies. The relationship is expected to contribute to the overall investment in equipment, human resources and process necessary to make a successful digital transition. Reducing…

EDUTAINMENT’ PLATFORMS AS DRIVERS OF THE CLIMATE CHANGE CONVERSATION

By Boniswa Sidwaba (Head of Content Programming TikTok SSA) Digital media is this century’s mass communication tool of choice, with social media and online entertainment platforms providing avenues for human expression and the exploration of key social themes and topics of interest. The nature of public discourse across digital spaces in the lead up to COP27 illustrates the central role of online platforms in driving important conversations around issues such as climate change. COP27; which kicked off on 6 November and runs until 18 November, will highlight, among other things,…

Ten Countries Commit to Sustainable Commodities in Africa

Palm oil, cocoa, coffee, rubber and other tree crops in sharp focus as African governments commit to responsible production at CoP27 Ministers from ten African countries will today sign the Africa Sustainable Commodities Initiative Declaration, a single set of principles for the responsible production of agricultural commodities in Africa. The Africa Sustainable Commodities Initiative (ASCI) puts producer countries in Africa at the forefront of defining the principles for the sustainable development of cocoa, rubber, palm oil, coffee and other commodities, in a way that protects livelihoods and protects natural resources,…

Faulu expands its digital offering and agencies, eyeing a youthful customer base

Faulu Bank has announced a move to expand its digital offering following a thorough product rationalization exercise that saw the bank revamp its product offering. This was a strategic move to boost customer experience, offer convenience and tap into the available youthful customer base. Commenting on the revamp, Faulu Microfinance Bank Managing Director Apollo Njoroge said, “The future of Banking is digital. We believe this move will enable more people, especially the younger generation to not only access soft loans easily but also enjoy a seamless and easy service offering.” The product…

Lighten the load: Low energy ways to deep clean your home

We’re well into a new season where we are experiencing hotter days and nights, but you’ll be forgiven if you just haven’t been able to muster the energy for the annual clean synonymous with this time of the year. At the same time, children are set to close school for the long holidays, and the festivities are just around the corner. There’s so much to do within the home at this time. Power outages can sometimes contribute to the piling of items to be cleaned within the home, causing a…

Ways to Help your Child Succeed in End Year Exams

The exam period is one of the most stressful times for both the students and their parents. With the National exams set to begin a few weeks from now many learners are likely to experience feelings of stress, and even panic – and worried parents want to be able to do more than lie awake at night, wondering how to help. Try these 8 steps to help guide your child to exam success in what has been a very challenging year in education for learners, parents and teachers alike: 1.…

From Climate to Finance Culture; Kenyan Women in Agribusiness Face Many Challenges

By Dominic Kirui At the foot of Mount Kenya, about 170 kilometres (105 miles) north of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, a beautiful farm named Kilima View (meaning it views the Mount Kenya and the Abadare Ranges), which brings life to the dry area with its green crops and a number of activities going on. The farm was started by Phoebe Wanja, a middle-aged woman who is formerly a banker who quit her job at the bank four years ago to concentrate on farming. Wanja’s parents lived and worked in Nairobi and…