Despite many businesses hurting from the effects of Coronavirus, Biashara Sacco Society Ltd continued with its end of year initiative of giving back to the society by donating cash and assorted foodstuffs to the Nyeri Hospice which caters for cancer patients.
This has been a tradition that the Sacco has kept for the last ten years in its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) according to Chairman Kamau Njamuku targeting vulnerable groups to give them a reason to celebrate Christmas and the New Year festivities.
This year however, the Sacco according to the Chair, was not able to reach many groups and individuals as has been the norm as a result of reduced profitability occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This has been a difficult year for us because most of our clients who are in business were so much affected by Coronavirus and as a result we were not able to attain our projected revenues,” said the chair.
Speaking while handing over cash donation of Sh100, 000 and assorted foodstuffs to the Nyeri Hospice Tuesday, Njamuku said they managed to attain 80 percent of their projected profits.
He said they were nonetheless grateful for the performance given how many businesses had been ravaged by the pandemic.
The facility Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Stephen Musya welcomed the gesture, saying it would go a long way in easing the burden of taking care of patients, some of whom receive free services.
He said they were currently taking care of 607cancer patients’ a third of who were receiving free services owing to their inability to cater for their management and treatment.
The facility was established in 1995 to offer quality palliative to the terminally ill at an affordable cost.
By Samuel Waititu