Working Capital Management and Financial Performance of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and SACCOS in Kenya

Authors

  • Temba Geoffrey Simiyu Post graduate student, TUM Author
  • Lienora Achieng Post graduate student, TUM Author
  • Namuri Vifu Makoti Post graduate student, TUM Author

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.59413/eafj/v3.i2.2

Keywords:

Working Capital Management, Credit Management, Financial performance, SACCOs, SMEs

Abstract

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a critical role in driving economic growth, creating employment opportunities and promoting local revenue generation in Kenya. However, they face various challenges such as limited financial resources, inadequate infrastructure and volatile market conditions. Effective working capital management (WCM) is essential for SMEs to overcome these obstacles and achieve sustainable success. The aim of this research is to examine the impact of WCM on the financial performance of SMEs in Kenya. This paper uses literature review methodology to draw conclusions. The literature review provides insights from various studies that highlight the importance of credit management and internal factors that influence organizational performance. An efficient WCM is crucial for ensuring the financial stability of companies, especially SMEs. Poor WCM can lead to financial challenges and possible bankruptcy, while effective management can significantly increase financial efficiency. WCM involves monitoring a company's current assets and liabilities to ensure timely commitments while minimizing associated costs. This research contributes to understanding the importance of WCM for SMEs in Kenya and provides stakeholders with practical insights to improve financial performance through effective WCM strategies tailored to the Kenyan context.

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Published

2024-04-01

How to Cite

Simiyu, T. G., Achieng, L., & Makoti, N. V. (2024). Working Capital Management and Financial Performance of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and SACCOS in Kenya. East African Finance Journal, 3(2), 150-160. https://doi.org/10.59413/eafj/v3.i2.2