Kisumu derived its name from “sumo” which literally means a place of barter trade and thus serves as the commercial hub for Western & South-Rift regions of Kenya. It is well endowed with natural resources including freshwater lake that supports fishing; a warm tropical climate and a high potential agricultural zone which supports animal husbandry (cattle, dairy, pigs, poultry, goat, sheep, dogs, donkey e.t.c.) and crop farming (maize, cotton, sisal, tobacco, beans, sugar cane, coffee, sorghum, millet, wheat and root crops). Kisumu is tourist attractions destination including Kibuye Market, Kisumu Museum, Impala Sanctuary, bird sanctuary, Hippo Point, Kit Mikaye, Ndere Island National Park. There are very many entertainment and social joints
Kisumu has an International Airport with regular daily flights to Nairobi and the rest of East African Community. Lake Victoria ferries have operated from the port linking the railway to Mwanza, Bukoba, Entebbe, Port Bell and Jinja.
The ICT sector is growing making telecommunication and internet services available. There is presence of higher academic institutions, tertiary colleges and polytechnics. Kisumu has the highest number of NGOs and research institutions and currently it accommodates all the major financial institutions including Banks, SACCOs and MFIs. Kisumu accommodates all the major retail supermarkets some of which run for 24hours