Nyahururu VTC's Quality Leather Shoes

One of the sources of quality and affordable leather shoes in Laikipia County is Nyahururu Vocational and Training Centre (VTC).
This is in a bid to certify that all the ten VTCs in the county engage in an income generating activity which will ensure self sustenance.
Situated in Nyahururu town, the facility gets raw leather materials from Nairobi to make fine shoes, belts and wallets among other leather products, while at the same time offering training to students.
Nyahururu VTC has a special facility called common manufacturing facility which helps shoe-shiners and those who repair and make shoes from outside the VTC use the one-of-a-kind machine to make part of the shoes they come with, and pay a small amount as maintenance of the machine. The normal charges are Kshs. 20 for every pair of shoes facilitated by the special ma-chine.
The VTC has a capacity of making 20 pairs of shoes in a day. It also makes shoes according a customers specifications on design and size.
Our VTC makes 20 pairs of leather shoes. The fact that we make the shoes as we show the trainees how to make good and quality shoes make us not be able to produce them in large numbers, said the VTC manager, Jackson Ndungu.
We used to supply shoes to schools especially on January when many students would join form one classes. The disease has affected us drastically and we look for-ward to when they will reopen and provide us a better market, commented Mr. Ndungu.
The facility has limited the number of people making shoes as a way of observing Health directives and avoiding crowded places. Normal learning is expected to resume from early next year.
The institution is curving out a competitive edge in the production of leather products that range from shoes, belts and bags and purses.
Its broader goal is to provide quality and affordable shoes to all school children. Although this particular market segment has gone down as schools closed due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, the facility still has its business running.
All the 10 Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) in Laikipia are undergoing a shift to focus on commercially-oriented training that will also generate income rather to reduce dependence on revenue from the county government.
Each of the VTCs has a strategic and business plans indicating how it will generate revenue.
We are offering training with a purpose as we generate income. We have confidence that finally our VTCs will be able to sustain themselves, commented Mbiriri.
Apart from leather works, Nyahururu VTC also offers compulsory ICT courses. Other options are; catering, carpentry, hairdressing, plumbing, electrical wiring, motor-vehicle mechanics, metal works among others. Before the global pandemic hit the country, Nyahururu VTC had 421 students; 70 part-timers and 351 on regular basis.

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