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Google.org awarded a $5 million grant to YBI to support over 200,000 underserved micro, small and medium businesses in 32 countries to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
The funding will enable YBI to deliver a Rapid Response and Recovery Programme that backs underserved micro, small and medium-sized businesses, sustains livelihoods and supports communities across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. The programme will be implemented in 32 countries and will focus on the most affected business owners, including young people (aged 18-35 years), women, and refugees and other migrants.
A holistic package of emergency support will be provided to business owners through YBI’s global network of members and delivery partners. This includes crisis helplines, targeted advice and signposting, online training through webinars and mentoring. As part of the programme, Google employees plan to volunteer their time to share their knowledge and expertise, helping business owners to upskill and adapt to the challenges they are facing.
“We know we will get through this new challenge by keeping our community of customers together. We are developing a new digital strategy for our business, including offering online talks with authors and readers, and introducing an e-commerce platform.”View story
“We have a shop that sells crafts in a small village in Spain. Unfortunately, on the 20th of January, one of our workshops was burned to the ground due to an electrical fire. We got back to work and soon after that launched new products. Like for many others, the COVID-19 epidemic is another blow for us, but not even this can stop us or make us give up. ”