IFC announces Sh500m loan to Equity Bank to support Kenyan SMEs during COVID-19

International Finance Corporation(IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has announced a Sh500 million loan to Equity Bank Kenya to help it increase working capital and trade-related lending to its small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) clients, especially those facing COVID-19 related challenges. The loan, which will ultimately support hundreds of Kenyan businesses in the manufacturing, health, trade, transport, and consumer goods sectors, is part of IFC’s global $8 billion fast-track COVID-19 facility, announced in March and designed to help businesses maintain operations and jobs during—and after— the COVID-19 crisis.…

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Safaricom kicks-off MobiPlay Challenge for Mobile Gamers

Communication company Safaricomhas kicked off  8-week competition to crown kings and queens of mobile gaming and award customers with PlayStations, smartphones and airtime The 8-week MobiPlay Challenge will see customers compete on simple puzzle, arcade and action games with daily and weekly prizes as well as a grand prize up for grabs. Customers subscribed to the daily KES 10 Games Lounge bundle will receive a 50MB gaming pass to compete in daily and weekly challenges on the platform. The competition will run from 7th July 2020 to 4th September 2020,…

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Bedi Investment gets a clean bill of health for mass production of PPEs

 A Nakuru based textile company has been given a clean bill of health to carry on mass production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).   Bedi Investment Limited formally focusing on the export market shifted gears towards the manufacturing of PPEs in the fight against COVID-19.  Players including the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Equity Group Foundation, and the Covid-19 fund committee said the equipment was up to the certified standards by KEBS.  The company is currently manufacturing at least 10,000 PPEs daily and the same is expected to be distributed throughout the country.  Speaking while touring the facility…

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Mawanga traders get new-look market

Traders at Mawanga Market in Kiamaina Ward, Bahati Sub County have a reason to smile following the construction of new market sheds. The market has been handed over to the traders after completion of the project undertaken by the County Government. It is part of H.E Governor Lee Kinyanjui efforts to ensure that traders across the County operate in a condusive environment. Bahati Sub County administrator, Samuel Macharia said hundreds of traders drawn from the area are set to benefit from the market. “We are here to hand over this…

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Consumers called upon to demand safe food

Consumers in Nakuru County have been urged to   demand for safe food to ensure the reduction of food borne diseases and other diseases associated with food safety. According to WHO, this year’s Food Safety Day themed ‘Food Safety, Everyone’s Business’ aims to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage food borne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development. Speaking yesterday during a virtual meeting with farmers and various stakeholders, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries CECM, Dr. Immaculate Maina,…

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New Chicken Baristo opens doors to public with great offers

Nakuru’s Chicken Baristo new branch on the Nakuru-Nairobi Highway is now officially open for service to customers. The Restaurant that is located at Hass Petrol Station on the Nakuru-Nairobi Highway just after the Platinum 7D club opened doors to members of the public on Saturday with great offers. For instance customers who order a pizza will be given another one for free every Saturday and even home deliveries done for free. The opening of the Highway Chicken Baristo is a plus to the Nakuru residents as far as hospitality is…

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Kinyanjui:High freight charges killing Kenyan flower industry

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has raised concerns over the high freight charges which he says are negatively hurting horticulture product exporters. According to Kinyanjui flower and other horticulture product exporters from Kenya are being forced to pay almost double of what their Ethiopian counterparts are paying. He said that most exporters are finding it hard to send their flowers to the European market due to the high freight charges. The Governor added that the situation has been made worse with the coming of the COVID-19 pandemic something he says has…

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Restaurant owners plead for faster testing of staff

Restaurant and hotel owners in Nakuru town have called on the government to hasten the process of testing their workers for COVID-19 to enable them resume their normal operations. Chicken Baristo Restaurant owner Bashir Abdulrahman says that the huge backlog of COVID-19 test yet to be done is delaying most of them bouncing back into business. According to Bashir, majority of restaurants in Nakuru town are yet to resume operations because their staff have not undergone the COVID-19 testing. He called on the national and county government to find a…

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Nakuru’s Chicken Baristo Restaurant back to business after a month-long closure

Nakuru’s Chicken Baristo Restaurant has finally opened doors to members of the public after one month of closure. The Chicken Baristo situated at the CBD just opposite Nakuru Sports club and adjacent to Gilanis Supermarket is a plus to the Nakuru residents as far as hospitality is concerned. In a Saturday interview at the Restaurant, Chicken Baristo Proprietor Mr. Bashir Abdulrahman said they are back to business after the one Month closure. He however says, they are yet to get an okay as per the Ministry of Health guidelines to…

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