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Google is Now Providing Small Kenyan Businesses with Free Website Setup

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Tech giant Google is now offering free access website and online profile creation services to Kenyan small and medium-sized enterprises. This is a move by the company aimed to help local businesses increase their visibility to potential customers across the globe.

This will be possible through Google’s newly established SME hub known as ‘Google My Business’ where these businesses will be assisted at no cost to create profiles and websites.

Google Kenya and East Africa country director Agnes Gathaiya announced that all this is under the firm’s KES 325 million programme dubbed “Rising Together”. The campaign is meant to support SMEs across the country, boost women-led businesses and also facilitate online learning for schools at all levels.

“They will be visible across the globe enabling shoppers to find them as well as linking them to customers looking for their products,” she said.

She added that the service also features a market finder facility that will enable linkages between SMEs and customers from anywhere in the world.

“This innovative tool provides the necessary market recommendations for businesses, helping them reach a wider audience. The tool helps with localisation, international payments and logistics and helps businesses reach global customers seeking its products or services,” the statement from Google partly reads.
This was announced alongside the launch of a KES 125 million grant to 500 women in partnership with GiveDirectly, a non-governmental relief agency. This will consist of a KES 6,500 stipend for six months to each beneficiary culminating in the total non-refundable grant to scale up their businesses.

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