KISEF is a forum of enterprises of enterprises producing and marketing a variety of soapstone products based in Kisii County . The membership comprises entrepreneurs and investors who came together with the support of SITE EP , a local develppment organization whose aim is to improve the productivity in the sector and quality of lives of those who depend on soapstone.
Mission: To build the capacity of our members for innovative production and marketing and representing the interest of the soapstone sector.
KISEF is currently working with RILSOW, a programme of SITE EP in partnership with Action Against Poverty (APT) ED with the support of DFID(Department For International Development) UK
- KISAC Fair trade
- Smolart Self Help Group
- Bosinange Jua Kali
- Kisii Cooperative Society
- Tabaka Classic
- Tabaka Jua Kali
- Tabo Art Group
- Tarazo Afrikana Ltd
- Nyabigena Carvers cooperative
- Nyakurukuruku Group
Other organizations and programmes involved with different elements of the soapstone sector in Kisii County include:-
SITE EP-is a Kenyan nonprofit private development organization whose goal is the promotion of employment opportunities and economic growth among small scale producers and enterprises.
RILSOW-is a programme of SITE in partnership with APT and the key actors in the soapstone sector. The RILSOW initiative is working on the entire value chain; mines, mining, carving, export/market enterprises and the key buyers and collaborating with the relevant government agencies both at the local and national level.
OVOP Kenya-One Village One Product Programme in Kenya in conjunction with JICA(Japan International Cooperation Agency)- is a project designed specifically for regional development and to address most of the challenges facing local communities in exploitation of locally available resources.
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