Kisii Town is a city in south-western Kenya. It is the capital of Kisii County. It was the headquarters of the original and larger Kisii District before it was split to create Nyamira District (in the north) and Gucha District (in the south). With the new Kenya Constitution in August 2010, Gucha District was re-absorbed back into Kisii County, whereas Nyamira District has been renamed Nyamira County.
Kisii is located in western Kenya. The town is a driving distance of 309 km from the capital city Nairobi. Other major urban center’s distances from Kisii town are Kisumu City which is 114 km to the northwest; Nyamira at 23 km to the immediate north; Keroka at 25 km to the east; Kericho at 101 km to the northeast; Kilgoris at 46 km to the southeast; Narok at 165 km to the east; and Migori to the south-west is 67 km and which connects the town to the Kenya to Tanzania border at Isebania town, a further 31 km south.
It is also the main urban and commercial center in the Gusii Highlands and the South Nyanza region, which covers an estimated area of 1,317.9 km2 with a population of 1,152,282 (2009 census). UNICEF statistics project the population in 2017 at 1,418,457. As a vibrant town, the Kisii municipality has an estimated population of about 400,000. It has a large dependent metropolitan population of over 100,000 residents, as per the latest national population and housing census of 2009.
Today, Kisii Town is bustling with several businesses, organizations, educational institutions and government agencies. Kisii municipality sits right at the center of the western Kenya tourist circuit that includes the Tabaka Soapstone Carvings, Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Lambwe Valley Game Reserve and the entire Lake Victoria basin. The town continues to serve the former districts of Kisii, the larger South Nyanza County and the Trans Mara area of western Narok County in commerce.
KISII CAP YEI CENTER
Kisii CAP YEI training center is located within the town, around Daraja Mbili center. The center operations began in 2018 January with funding from MasterCard foundation. The courses being provided in Kisii center are;
- Welding and fabrication
- Hair dressing and beauty therapy
The center was proposed to be at Daraja Mbili area of the town because it is easily accessible and there is much exposure to industrial linkages to internships, accessibility to professional mentors, field visits, field exposure visits and job opportunities. As indicated in the table below, Kisii center has enrolled and trained 3 batches to date.
CAP YEI involvement in Kisii town
|Batches Enrolled||Total Enrolled||Total Completed Training||Total Under Training||Total Employed||Employment Percentage||Entrepreneurs||Further studies|
Photos for Kisii batch 1 Welding and Fabrication trainees in their work places