International Journal of Academic Research and Development

International Journal of Academic Research and Development


International Journal of Academic Research and Development
International Journal of Academic Research and Development
Vol. 4, Issue 2 (2019)

Use of skills and knowledge effect of rural electrification on the household well-being of proprietors of micro and small enterprises in Kenya


Bonface Imbali Mudi, Maurice Sakwa, Elegwa Mukulu

In Kenya, poverty rates in rural areas have continuously remained high indicating that household well-being has equally remained low. Given this scenario, an explanation requires studying the use of skills and knowledge effect of rural electrification on the household well-being of proprietors of micro and small enterprises in Kenya. The study adopted descriptive survey design, which ensured ease in understanding the insight about the problem under study. The target population for this study comprised of 914,243 proprietors of micro and small enterprises registered in Kenya by 2015. Primary data from proprietors of rural micro and small enterprises in eight counties namely; Kakamega, Bungoma, Nakuru, Busia, Bomet, Siaya, Kericho and Kirinyaga forming a sample size of 418 and a response rate of 73.4% (307 respondents) was used. A self-administered questionnaire was used for data collection. The data collection instrument (questionnaire) was pilot tested on 5% of the sample size to ensure that it was manageable, relevant and effective. Combined multiple regression analysis revealed that there was a significant positive relationship between use of skills and knowledge effects of rural electrification and household well-being of proprietors of micro and small enterprises in Kenya. It was concluded that use of skills and knowledge effect of rural electrification has an influence on household well-being of proprietors of micro and small enterprises in Kenya. It was therefore recommended that the Kenyan government should come up with clear policies and review legislations to ensure Rural Electrification Authority is given a clear mandate, authority and resources to fulfil the mandate, and ensure accountability for achieving that mandate.
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