Most African states have ordered small businesses, including bars and restaurants to close down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure is devastating, not only to the owners of the businesses but also to their employees, who rely on the business in order to fend for their families.
Here are 5 ways you can help small African (women-owned) businesses afloat.
Most stores and restaurants might have closed their doors but they are still offering delivery services. You can shop easily from the comfort of your home and have the goods conveniently delivered to your doorstep.
SHARE AND GIVE FEEDBACK ON SOCIAL MEDIA
You never know who needs that product or service that has just been delivered to you. With the situation at hand, most people think that all stores have been closed down, a simple share might lead to the next customer. Remember, sharing is caring!
BUY GIFT CARDS
You can give small businesses reassurance during this time by buying gift cards from them. This will help keep the business afloat as well as the employees. As much as you won’t be using the gift card at the very moment because you are staying at home, you can use it later when things get back to normal.
DON’T CANCEL ORDERS
We know everyone is in panic mode right now but kindly DO NOT CANCEL your order but rather RESCHEDULE! Remember that this small business relies on your order for its upkeep.
STAY INDOORS AND SANITIZE.
We can all help small businesses by staying indoors and following the directives given by WHO on how to fight the COVID-19. If we do this, things will get back to normal and small businesses can slowly start picking themselves up and get back to business.
“The bad news is, everybody is the problem and the good news is, everybody is the solution.”
How are you supporting a small business today?