Kepsa unveils digital business training plan to help MSMEs
Barry Silah @obel-barry
Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and Zydii Ltd, an end-to-end digital learning solution have teamed up to provide free digital training to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
The digital training will be accessible online and offline. Online access will be through a hosted training portal for KEPSA.
The offline option will also provide up to 1,000 users with access to Zydii courses which will be accessible through Short Text Messages (SMS).
The programme is the latest initiative from Kepsa in supporting MSMEs to build capacity and resilience to help them recover from the negative effects of Covid-19
It adds to the existing list of programmes such as the Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Programme through which businesses receive financing through interest-free and non-collateral loans, as well as weekly virtual training and mentorship sessions from business leaders. This programme is supported by the Mastercard Foundation.
As KEPSA and Zydii prepare to roll out the free digital training geared to significantly benefit the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs),
Carole Kariuki, Kepsa reiterated the private sector apex body’s commitment to supporting MSMEs both during and post the Covid-19 pandemic, which she noted has negatively affected businesses.
“We are very keen on supporting and equipping MSMEs because they play a very significant role in our country’s economic development,” she said in a statement.
The Kepsa Socio- Economic Survey 2020, Kariuki added, shows that over 130,000 jobs were lost and most of these people are now getting equipped from the initiatives we are running.
Zydii’s Founder and CEO, Joyce Mbaya described the partnership as an exciting milestone towards achieving the firm;s vision to empower millions of Africans through digital learning.
She noted that in the post-covid era, businesses are struggling to continue with in person training programs.
“We are excited that our digital training solution is able to address this problem for African businesses so that they can continue to grow and succeed.” Mbaya added.