The urban renewal and regeneration of Mbita Town is becoming reality. Among the upcoming improvements are cold storage facilities for fishermen to reduce post-harvest losses, and general improvements to the public space by providing trees and benches.
Homa Bay County’s urban Change Project in Mbita, planned together with residents and local stakeholders as part of the SymbioCity Kenya programme, will contribute to a cleaner town, improved livelihoods and business opportunities, and improved safety.
Fishing constitutes an important livelihood in the town situated next to Lake Victoria; currently, due to lack of cold storage a lot of fish goes to waste. The new facilities are planned to be by a local group of fishermen and a group will be formed to cater for management and maintenance.
As part of the project, the county government of Homa Bay is introducing cold storage facilities for fishermen to reduce post-harvest losses.
Also a new market is planned, and visitors to the town will already notice a fence around the existing public market for improved safety, as the first signs of the urban improvements to come. One can also see new bins for source segregation of waste set up. A lot of the waste consists of recyclables and organic waste, which can be recycled or composted, reducing that which ends up in landfills.