UN-Habitat is assisting the Homa Bay County government in the improvement and transformation of Nyakwere open air market in Homa Bay, Kenya. Nyakwere open air market serves over 20,000 people in Wan’gchieng ward. Most of these people are subsistence farmers and small traders. People from neighboring counties such as Kisumu, Kisii, Migori, Kericho and Siaya benefit from the market.  Upgraded market is expected to trigger a ripple effect in the area by increasing economic activity and reducing the level of unemployment. The new market will also increase revenue the County Government is generating from it.

Infrastructure development, such as upgrading of local markets and public spaces and improving access to roads, is a vital component of local economic development. Development of local markets in rural market towns stimulates local economies because there is a strong positive correlation between good infrastructure, effective provision of public goods and overall economic expansion. Economic expansion is reflected by increased investments, land values and level of industrialization.

The construction work has provided over
short-term job opportunities for skilled and unskilled youth and women of the area.
people are currently using the makeshift market. Farmers in the region benefit the most. Another 500 people are benefiting indirectly including transporters, real estate owners, restaurant owners, and other service providers.
Land values have increased by at least
from averagely Kes 350, 000 to Kes 500, 000 per acre.

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Donors and partners

The success of work in any country, including Kenya, largely depends on successful partnerships with County Governments. In this project, UN-Habitat is working with Homa Bay County Government, amd Ministries of Transport Infratsructure, Housing and Urban Development and Land and Physical Planning.

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Laura Petrella
Chief, Finance and Economy Section
Urban Practices Branch, Global Solutions Division