Micro and small-scale enterprises are the bridge to the economic transformation from agriculture to industry. Urban centers have the dominant role in development of MSEs by organizing in different urban sectors and creating conducive working environment for their functionality.

In Bishoftu City, many activities have been done to make the MSEs the main agent and the means to realize the country’s renaissance aim to catch up the middle-income country at 2017 E.C.(2025 G.C.). The data obtained from the office of MSE development indicates that currently, 6200 unemployed people are organized in 1228 different MSE organizations. In these organizations job opportunity was created for 946 unemployed people. The following table shows the number of organizations with their members and sectors of engagement.

SECTORS NUMBER OF ORGANIZATION NUMBER OF MEMBERS CAPITAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
MALE FEMALE TOTAL
Urban Agriculture 122 547 452 999 7,455,716 15
trade 355 521 782 1,303 20,349,799 13
Service 266 895 539 1,434 10,486,924, 84
Manufacturing 219 928 494 1,422 34,392,309 130
Construction 256 584 203 787 59,821,856 704
Mineral 10 223 32 255 65,700 -

As the information from the agency of urban land development and management indicates that, 16 hectares of land has been allotted for all the MSE organizations. In addition, 10,479,229.00 ETB credit support has also been provided for the organization as the startup capital.