Kenya - Mombasa
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Pilot and Demonstration Action
Easing movement and logistics of small-scale businesses in Mombasa through adoption of Electrical Handcarts (E-Handcarts)
The small scale traders, peri-urban farmers or street hawkers living in urban fringes of Mombasa have difficulty due to inadequate urban services and the situation is more difficult due to poor economic condition. Using minibuses for goods transportation to the urban market from the fringes is costly for small businesses. Therefore, manual handcarts are widely used for cargo services by small businesses in Mombasa. However, they are labour intensive, provide poor productivity and the infrastructure does not support its ease in movement.
Urban Pathways supported developing demonstration project which aimed at introducing electric handcarts to slowly replace manual handcarts in order to increase the efficiency in cargo services by small businesses which requires less labour and provide better services. The Government of Kenya has identified the importance of the use of handcarts by the informal sectors for the movement of goods by small scale businesses, mainly women and citizens with the poor economic state. Therefore, the government is keen to support them on their economic development considering health benefits and ease in movement too. National Youth Service being a Government of Kenya agency has partnered with Auto-Truck E.A Ltd to support, develop and mass produce electric handcarts as a local solution to the menace created by the conventional manual handcarts. The project intends to pilot 10 electric handcarts to provide services to small business entrepreneurs together with the identification of a micro-finance business model. The 10 recipients/ recipient groups of the electric handcarts will be identified considering user needs assessment criterion and also to the eventual impact assessment will be carried out during the project period.
The project concept was submitted in December 2018 to the 2019 TUMI Global Urban Mobility Challenge for the award of financial support/grant by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. However, the fund- ing was not secured though the call.
Budget: 195,000 EUR from TUMI (+ city budget 70,000 EUR)
Budget: 53,200 EUR