chapter  3
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The Roots, Branching and Subsequent Exploitation of Matatu Entrepreneurial Opportunity

This chapter demonstrates that the matatu entrepreneurship belongs to a wider family of creativity and innovation in Kenya. It presents the case studies, which indicate that matatu entrepreneurship is not an isolated case but rather part of the creative response in Kenya. Historically, Kenyan communities have taken local initiatives to look for solutions to the problems they face. There has been a creative response and an effort to develop some home-grown solutions by entrepreneurs in Kenya to address the environmental and socio-economic development issues facing their communities. In contemporary society, variations of the Harambee spirit are in evidence the world over, for example in the form of volunteering and service learning projects in the USA. One of the positive things happening in Kenya is the rural electrification programme which aims at extending electricity supply to all schools, health centres, trading centres, markets and any public institution all over the nation.