It seems that the Covid-19 pandemic will last several more months because the only solution is to “Flatten the Curve”; which essentially means control the spread with Quarantines, Lockdowns, Social Distancing and Curfews. As you can see in the graph below, flattening the curve means a much longer pandemic.
As a leader, you are probably contemplating how you will weather this storm. This study from The Yale School of Medicine suggests that it could take more than a year! The best-case scenario that we have is South Korea which expects to have zero active cases by mid June, 4 months after they recorded their 1st case, or 3 months after they began flattening the curve.
Most Kenyans companies with reduced revenues are asking their employees to take a pay cut, followed by asking them to go on unpaid leave and resorting to layoffs as the last option.
The 2 expenses that an employee, who has agreed to go on unpaid leave, will continue to incur is food and rent. The latter could be negotiated or delayed. Food is a basic human need. Here are examples of what a family of 4 would use in 2-3 weeks.
|Soko Maize Flour 2kg||3pkt|
|1kg Ajab Baking Flour||1pkt|
|Avena Veg. Cooking Oil 2l||1pc|
|Kabras Sugar 3kg||3pcs|
|Daawat Basmati Rice 2kg||1pc|
|Sunlight bar soap 700g||1pc|
|Jogoo Maize Flour Meal 5kg||1pc|
|Bella Tissue White 8pk||1pc|
|Avena Veg. Cooking Oil 5l||1pc|
|Menengai Bar Soap 1kg||2pcs|
|Always Ultra Thin long duos 16||1pc|
|Pearl Pishori 5kg||1pc|
|Ajab All-Purpose 2kg||5pks|
|Kabras Sugar 2kg||5pks|
|Brookside Fino Milk 500ml||12pks|
|Jogoo Maize Flour Meal 5kg||2pc|
|Flora Tissue White 8pk||1pc|
|Avena Veg. Cooking Oil 10l||1pc|
|Menengai Bar Soap 1kg||3pcs|
|Ariel Powder 3.5kg||1pc|
|Tuskys Wairimu Beans 1kg||2pcs|
|Pearl Pishori 5kg||1pc|
|Ajab All-Pirpose Floour 2kg||5pks|
|Mara Sugar 2kg||5pks|
|Santa Lucia Spaghetti 1kg||1pc|
|Yankee Green Gram Polished 1kg||1pc|
|Brookside Fino Milk 500ml||10pkts|
When your business turns and you want the employees to come back to work, you want to make sure that they are loyal, healthy and motivated. Ensuring that they and their families do not go hungry is one way to accomplish this.
M-Kapu is a wallet that is funded by you for each of your employees. It can only be used at supermarkets to buy essential items, so you can be assured that it is being spent in the manner it was intended. In addition to the business aspect, this is also a humanitarian gesture. Please think about the livelihood of your employees before sending them on unpaid leave.