Churches in the Municipal Council of Eldoret have started venturing into hospitality services as demand for accommodation facilities shoots up.
The houses of worship are now maximising ground coverage in their spacious compounds with additional buildings to serve as hostels and conference halls.
The Reformed Church, for instance, has a guest house near Hill School on the Eldoret-Kapsabet road. Another church, Eldoret Adventist, has houses at Sukunanga area of the town, while St John The Baptist Church has a Pastoral Centre near Eldoret polytechnic.
The accommodation facilities are registering booming business as they are relatively cheaper compared to hotel rooms. The churches are also venturing into wedding reception facilities and internet services.
According to the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry executive officer Obed Anyona, the trend has been necessitated by increased demand as the town's population grows.
"In essence, these churches are not in business because they charge less," he said, adding that preference for church-based facilities has increased.