998 Businesses in S/Africa and Nigeria Benefit from Facebook’s $1.8m Grant

According to a report released by Facebook, about 998 businesses in South Africa and Nigeria have had access to $1.8million SheMeansBusiness grants to recover from the negative impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The report also stated that it has virtually trained thousands of small businesses on how to use digital tools in propagating their business goals.

This was made known by Facebook Public Policy Director, Kojo Boakye.

Boakye, Kojo.

Boakye added, “Another 26,562 people across six countries (Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Senegal, Zambia, and Cote D’Ivoire) have been trained on digital literacy skills focused on how to responsibly and safely use digital platforms. The $1.8m in SMB grants have been used by 998 companies in Nigeria.

Boakye also stated that Facebook’s COVID-19 response program also extended to health community, national centres for disease control, and ministries of health across the African continent. He said the social media giant was able to launch COVID-19 information centres in all 54 African countries.

“Working together, we connected millions of Africans to accurate information and helpful resources about COVID-19, all while limiting misinformation on our platforms,” he said.

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