The Coca-Cola System in Kenya, has launched an initiative to support small and micro business outlests across the country to recover from the impact of Covid-19.
The initiative which is in partnership with County Government of Laikipia the Women Enterprise Fund, Absa Bank and Amref Health Africa is targeting at least 18 trade outlets.
The outlets will receive PPEs, masks, face-shields among other stuff required to implement the Covid-19 restrictions.
Speaking during the launch in Nairobi, Coca-Cola East & Central Africa Phillipine Mtikitiki stated that they have have committed Kshs 125 million towards supporting the trade partners.
“Over the last few months we have been focusing on the health and safety of our employees and communities. We are now extending our support to local economies and micro-small businesses. The closure of the economy at the time was the correct action to take to curb the spread of the virus, and we commend the Government of Kenya,” said Mtikitiki
Amref Health Africa will provide the traders health and safety training while Absa, will facilitate access to business loans to the traders to revive their enterprises.
“We are delighted to be part of this noble initiative that will contribute to ensuring that our economy starts to grow again and that businesses comply to national health and safety guidelines. Our role in this initiative is to empower traders with the knowledge that enables them to operate safely while ensuring they maintain a safe space for their customers. This will be done through an easy to understand training curriculum and application of a set standard of operating procedures,” said Dr. Meshack Ndirangu, Amref Health Africa in Kenya Country Director.