training to Agribusiness SMEs owners and their employees. 33% of the respondents stronglyagreed and 17% disagreed with the statement. 4% of the respondents were neutral with thestatement. However, 22% of the respondents agreed while 24% strongly agreed. This makes atotal of 50% of the respondents who disagreed and 46% agreed. The average number of therespondents agreeing with the statement shows that there’s much more to be done by MFIs totrain MFIs owners. This will increase the growth of SMEs which agrees with Storey (2013) who argued that trainingservices on business skills enhance performance. He concluded that the most important factors ofbusiness success among entrepreneurs were: a successful record of previous work history; stronganalytical skills acquired in a broad humanistic education; early investment in personalreputation and broad biographical experience outside the narrow field of the profession; early35
socialization experiences functioning as biographical resources in the discovery of successfulbusiness ideas; and a training on how to communicate effectively with customers in anincreasingly global and knowledge - based economy.4.5.2 MFIs have Organized Seminars where SMEs Owners have gained a lot on theManagement of their Businesses.The details shown by the above figure 4.6 is clear that 17% of the respondents strongly disagreedand 11% disagreed. 6% were of neutral opinion, 28% agreed and 39% strongly agreed. Thisbrings a total of the respondents who disagreed with the statement to 28% and 67% of themagreed with the statement. This agrees with Kisaka and Mwewa (2014) who established thatSmall and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA) organizes training programs,seminars, workshops and conferences of short duration in major cities across the country forraising awareness and capacity building of SMEs. These need-based training programs areaffordable, appropriate and innovative. These programs are aimed at improving knowledge,skills and competencies in the technical, marketing, financial, compliance, regulatory, legal andcommercial functions. They help to improve major performance indicators such as productivity,quality, competitiveness and sustainability etc.4.5.3 MFIs have improved my People Management SkillsOn whether MFIs had improved the people management skills among Agribusiness SMEsowners, 15% of the respondents strongly disagreed, 10% disagreed, 3% were of neutral opinion,30% agreed while 42% strongly agreed. This implies that a total of 25% of the respondentsdisagreed and 72% agreed. This is in agreement with Thassanabanjong et al., (2009) thatTraining is critical for enhancing productivity and improving quality. It also positively influencesthe employees’ efficiency, effectiveness and motivation. 4.5.4MFIs have improved my Financial Management Skills As shown in figure 4.6, 11% of the respondents strongly disagreed, 6% disagreed, 4% were ofneutral opinion, 37% agreed and 42% strongly agreed. This attributed to 17% of the respondentswho disagreed and 79% of them were in agreement with the statement. This is clear that trainingservices by MFIs in essential in financial management skills among the SMEs owners.