KEPSA, Jumia unveil program to support Kenyan businesses amid COVID-19 pandemic

KEPSA CEO Carole Karuga and her counterpart JUMIA CEO Sam Chappatte.
KEPSA CEO Carole Karuga and her counterpart JUMIA CEO Sam Chappatte. PHOTO/COURTESY

The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and Jumia are set to help digitize businesses to help them grow their digital sales and save jobs amidst COVID-19 outbreak. Through the Digital Commerce Program, thousands of businesses will be registered and trained to sell online with access to over 4M Kenyans that visit Jumia’s platform monthly.

Businesses will be able to register and open their shops on Jumia at zero startup costs and no hidden costs. In order to help local businesses, Jumia will cut its commissions on vendors by 50% for locally manufactured goods and to 1% for all businesses enrolling via the Digital Commerce Program for their first month on the platform.

 “We are pleased to partner with Jumia through the Digital Commerce Program to support Kenyan businesses by giving them the tools & training on how to sell online. We believe, Jumia is the best positioned e-commerce company to do this – with its current scale & countrywide operations – and is prepared to invest upfront in this initiative. It is widely expected that these businesses will list on other online platforms to grow their sales further,” said KEPSA CEO, Ms. Carole Karuga.

 The initial phase of the KEPSA Digital Commerce Program will be limited to Nairobi, with a view to scale it out to other counties. KEPSA will also take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of its members during the COVI-19 pandemic. Jumia’s deliveries are contactless and payments are cashless to observe social distancing.

 “We need to be all-hands-on-deck to help cushion businesses from the impact of COVID-19. We will commit resources to support KEPSA’s Digital Commerce initiative, to train vendors & give them the tools to sell online effectively. We hope this will save jobs in the short term and help digitize the economy over the longer term”, said Jumia Kenya CEO, Sam Chappatte.

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