Safaricom commits Ksh. 200m to fighting covid-19 pandemic
Safaricom through its M-PESA and Safaricom Foundations, is committing Ksh. 200 Million toward providing food and nutrition to Kenyans in need.
The financial commitment adds to the telco’s ongoing initiative under the “Bonga for Good” programme that is enabling customers to redeem Safaricom Bonga Points to pay for essential goods and donate their points to those in need as a show of goodwill during this period. To date, Kenyans are redeeming an average of 20 million points a day under this initiative.
“Safaricom PLC is fully committed to supporting Kenya through the evolving situation around the COVID-19 pandemic. We have made business decisions that will enable our customers to access more of our products and services at either no cost or at a highly subsidized rate. These decisions will ensure Kenyans spend their money where they need it most,” Peter Ndegwa, the firm’s Chief Executive Officer said.
Mr. Ndegwa consequently added that the telco had made business decisions, in the last three weeks since Kenyans were asked to stay at home, which will enable our customers to access more products and services either for free or at a highly subsidized rate. These decisions will ensure Kenyans spend their money where they need it most.
On his part, Michael Joseph – the Chairman of the M-PESA Foundation insisted that Safaricom would continue to create solutions and opportunities that transform the lives of Kenyans.
“Since our inception in 2010, the M-PESA Foundation has partnered with the Government and other organizations on large scale, long-term, and highly impactful social projects for the social and economic benefit of the people of Kenya. In the years we have been in existence, we have focused on making a meaningful impact by solving problems that societies face through addressing the underlying causes. Today we are making our contribution, which we believe will go a long way towards ensuring that no child goes to sleep hungry during this unprecedented crisis.”
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