International Journal of Advanced Research and Development


ISSN: 2455-4030

Vol. 5, Issue 3 (2020)

Effect of electricity supply on the household well-being among proprietors of micro and small enterprises in rural Kenya

Author(s): Bonface Imbali Mudi, Juliane Waswa
Abstract: Developing countries including Kenya require electricity for startup of farm and nonfarm micro and small enterprises to enhance well-being of a majority of the rural inhabitants. According to World Happiness and Well-being Report 2019, Kenya was ranked position 121 globally with a relatively dismal performance index of 4.509 on a scale of 1-10. In view of the foregoing, a clarification was required through examining the effect of electricity supply on the household well-being among proprietors of micro and small enterprises in rural Kenya. The study adopted a cross-sectional descriptive survey design. The target population for this study comprised 172,554 proprietors of micro and small enterprises registered in the study area by 2015. The study adopted multistage sampling involving systematic and simple random sampling procedures due to the large target population involved. 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 respondents was used. The data collection instrument was pilot tested on 5% of the sample size. Pearson correlation analysis showed that there was a general moderate positive relationship between electricity supply and household well-being among proprietors of micro and small enterprises. Regression analysis revealed that there was a significant positive relationship between electricity supply and household well-being among proprietors of micro and small enterprises. It was concluded that electricity supply has an influence on household well-being among proprietors of micro and small enterprises in rural Kenya. It is 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 their mandate, and ensure affordable electricity supply to rural households.
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