Gikomba market in Nairobi is the epitome of entrepreneurial informality. Here, very few businesses are registered, pay taxes or have a trading license.
It is famous as the largest source market for used clothing, the so-called mitumba. But the range of available second-hand items goes beyond clothing to all manner of goods. It is a hodgepodge of every manner of enterprise, covering virtually every sector and organised in several clusters.
Although our visit there last Monday with Anne Mutahi, the presidential advisor on SMEs and her team was to understand the fish supply chain, our attention was diverted to discussing other issues.
Samson Wanjohi, the chairman of the Quarry Market Association was eager to show us the progress made in th