Assisting disabled entrepreneurs in Kenya: implications for developed countries
Disabled people worldwide face barriers to formal employment. One possible solution for disabled people with entrepreneurial skills is self-employment. The establishment and expansion of small businesses by persons with disabilities, however, tends to be restricted by limited access to credit markets and by inadequate business training. This article focuses on a UNDP-funded and ILO-administered business training and credit guarantee scheme established in Kenya to facilitate informal sector self-employment for disabled microentrepreneurs. The sense of independence and self-esteem derived from such schemes make them of interest to disabled people in developed as well as developing countries, and the article includes recommendations for establishing self-employment schemes in developed countries.