Country % of labour force working in MSE sector % of households depending on MSEs for at least half of household income % of MSEs located in rural areas (1) Kenya 16% 69% 78% Zimbabwe 27% 52% 68% Swaziland 24% 64% 77% Malawi 21% 70% 90% Lesotho 20% 75% 80% source: Parker and Torres, 1993, K-Rep, p7 (1) definition of rural areas varies slightly according to the country. In Kenya it is areas with population of less than 2 000 people

Most MSEs are one-person enterprises (see table below).

 Country % of MSEs with one worker only % of MSEs with 11 to 50 workers Kenya 47% 1% Zimbabwe 70% 1% Swaziland 68% n.a. Malawi 60% n.a. Lesotho 80% n.a. source: Parker and Torres, 1993, K-Rep, p11