Kisumu County

About Kisumu County, Kenya

Kisumu County is one of Kenya’s 47 counties, and is quite diverse geographically as well as ethnically and culturally. The county’s position serves as a strategy gateway for Kenya into the rest of the African Great Lakes region. It is located on the shores of Lake Victoria and serves as the main commercial and transport hub for the Western part of Kenya and the East African region.

The county hosts the third largest city in Kenya, Kisumu City (where most of Kisumu’s population resides), which is also home to the County’s headquarters. Trade, farming, and fishing are the major economic activities. The trade sector has been identified as a key engine of the economy due to its immense contribution to Kenya’s GDP, as well as employment creation through trade and investments.

The County’s vision is to create a prosperous and dynamic county that is a harbor of excellence. Over 87% of households in the county rely on biomass for cooking. Under the county’s CIDP, Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development Program, the County aims to increase electrification by 90% by the end of the plan implementation period (2022) through a partnership program between the County Government and the Rural Electrification Authority.