'Craft for social good': do on the job training of artisans' impact on their vulnerability to poverty? Evidence from Kibera

S.E.W. Sonne*, T. Kinoti

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In this paper, We study how an on the job training program targeting low-income jewellery artisans (SOKO) impact on their vulnerability to poverty in Kenya. We use propensity score matching to assess SOKO's impact on the poverty likelihood of artisans. We find that SOKO artisans have a lower vulnerability to poverty as compared to artisans with similar socio-demographic characteristics but no SOKO affiliation. We also find that female artisans affiliated with SOKO are more vulnerable to poverty as compared to male artisans. Our findings are robust to various propensity score matching specifications and to alternative measures of vulnerability to poverty.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-91
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Development Effectiveness
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes

JEL classifications

  • o15 - "Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration"


  • SOKO
  • artisans
  • vulnerability
  • poverty
  • matching
  • on-the-job
  • training

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