The COVID-19 Business Info Hub spoke with SHONA, an East African Business Development Services company, to understand how they are supporting businesses in the region. Here is what you need to know:

SHONA provides business advisory services and training to help SMEs grow revenues and become profitable. Their goal is to build a thriving East African private sector driven by good businesses. SHONA defines these businesses as those that positively benefit society, including customers, employees, owners, value-chain partners and the community in which they are based. Since 2014, SHONA has worked with over ninety three businesses that together have created over 1,700 jobs, raised $33 million (over 123.1 billion Uganda shillings) in capital, served more than 470,000 customers, and contributed over $10 million in taxes to East African economies.

To date, SHONA has run multiple courses on a demand basis to support businesses to survive and recover from the impact of Covid-19.  The most popular include Financial Management (Cash Management Cycle, Managing Cash Flows & an Intro to Funding), Digital Marketing (Growing online clientele), and Boosting Sales (Recovering revenue lost because of Covid-19). There are opportunities to participate at low or no cost. The Financial Management course is currently being offered for free, Digital Marketing is offered at a cost of UGX 100,000, and Boosting Sales is available at a cost of UGX 200,000 with the option of a free scholarship to select businesses.

In addition to its course offerings, SHONA has also curated a list of funding opportunities available for entrepreneurs. The need for cash for liquidity has always been high up on the priority list for businesses, and this need has increased significantly since the COVID-19 pandemic. A list of resources, which is updated continuously, is available HERE.

Understanding the existing struggles faced by SMEs and how these have been exacerbated by the pandemic, SHONA urges businesses to focus on protecting employees, understanding business risks, and managing cash flow disruptions during this time. SHONA offers resources on business continuity and managing your cash in a crisis and rebuilding and reviving your business after a crisis.  SHONA also provides tailored advisory services supporting businesses in developing business recovery strategies and plans that can be immediately operationalized. For more information, email: dopio@shona.co

How to get in touch

Address: Plot 8, Suna II Road, Ntinda, Kampala.

Tel: +256791052406

Email: dopio@shona.co

Engeri SHONA gy’eyambamu zi bizinesi mu buvanjuba bwa Africa okuyita mu nnawookeera wa covid 19

Omukutu gwa COVID-19 Business Info Hub gwayogerako ne SHONA nga kino kitongole ekiyambako abasuubuzi okubayigiriza engeri gye bayinza okukulaakulanyamu emirimu gyabwe mu buvanjuba bwa Africa, okusobola okutegeera engeri gye kiyambamu eby’obusuubuzi mu kitundu.

Bino bye weetaaga okumanya:

SHONA kitongole ekiyamba okuwa amagezi wamu n’okutendekebwa okusobozesa amakolero wamu n’eby’obusuubuzi ebitonotono okukulaakulana mu by’ennyingiza y’esimbi  okusobola okukola amagoba. Ekigendererwa kyabwe ekikulu kwe kulaba nga bazimba eby’obusuubuzi obwa ssekinnoomu mu buvanjuba bwa Africa ebyegombesa.

SHONA ennyonnyola nti emirimu gino gigasiza wamu abantu mu bitundu mwe gikolerwa omuli abaguzi, abakozi, ba nnyini gyo, abayambako mu nzirukanya yagyo n’ekitundu kyonna okutwalira awamu.

Okuva mu 2014, SHONA ekoze ne zi bizinesi ezisoba mu kyenda mu ssatu (93) era ne basobodde okutondawo emirimu egisoba mu 1,700 wamu n’okukungaanya ensimbi eziwera obukadde 33 obwa ddoola (eza Uganda ezisoba mu buwumbi 123.1) eza “kapito”, baweerezza abaguzi abasoba mu 470,000 wamu n’okuwayo omusolo ogusukka mu bukadde bwa ddoola 10 eri eby’enfuna by’obuvanja bwa Africa.

Wetwogerera kati, SHONA ezze etegeka emisomo egy’enjawulo ng’esinziira ku bwetaavu okusobozesa abasuubuzi okuvvuunuka emirerembe egyaleetebwa Covid-19. Egisinze okwettanirwa mulimu enzirukanya y’eby’enfuna, okunoonyeza akatale ku mutimbagano wamu n’engeri y’okutumbula omuwendo gw’ebintu ebitundibwa. Omuntu asobola okwetaba mu misomo gino ku kasente akatono ennyo nga n’oluusi giba gya bwereere.

Mu kiseera kino, omusomo oguyigiriza enzirukanya y’eby’enfuna gusomesebwa ku bwereere, engeri y’okunoonyeza akatale ku mutimbagano gwa UGX 100,000, oguyigiriza engeri y’okutumbulamu omuwendo gw’ebitundibwa gwa 200,000 ate nga bagaba ne sikaala eri bizinesi ezimu.

Ng’oggyeko okutegeka emisomo, SHONA era erambika bulungi emikisa egiriwo abasuubuzi mwe basobola okuyita okusobola okufuna ensimbi ezikozesebwa. Obwetaavu bwa ssente kye kimu ku bintu ebisinga okussibwako essira mu bizinesi ate bwe kyatuuse mu kiseera kya nnawookeera wa COVID-19 kyayitiridde, na bwekityo olukalala lw’ebintu ebiyinza okukozesebwa weeruli era luzzibwa buggya buli kiseera.

Olwokuba bategeera ebizibu amakolera n’eby’obusuubuzi ebitonono bye bayitamu n’engeri gye byeyongedde mu kiseera kya nnawookeera, SHONA ekubiriza zi bizinensi okufaayo ennyo okukuuma abakozi baazo, okutegeera ebizibu bye zoolekedde wamu n’okufaayo ku ngeri gye bakwasaganya emiziziko mu nnyingiza y’ensimbi mu kiseera kino. SHONA era ewa amagezi ku bintu by’oyinza okukola okusobola okuzza obuggya bizinesi yo embagirawo.

Okumanya ebisingawo, weereza email ku: dopio@shona.co

Okubatuukirira

Basangibwa ku  Plot 8, Suna II Road, Ntinda, Kampala

Essimu: +256791052406

Email: dopio@shona.co