Reckitt Benckiser, the consumer goods company, is providing market traders with handwashing units as well as Dettol soap to promote hygiene and curb the spread of coronavirus in Kenya.
Dettol Brand Manager for East Africa Mwalo Owiti, says a total of 20 handwashing units have been handed to market associations in five high-traffic markets across Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
The beneficiary markets are Kangemi, Gikomba, Kawangware, Toy, and Wakulima market.
The handwashing units, each with a capacity of 100 litres of water, will be stocked with Dettol soap and will be managed by the chamas which run the respective markets.
“By partnering will market traders, who have been most hit by the pandemic, we will be helping these traders to remain business by making their working areas hygienic during these unprecedented time,” said Owiti, during the handing over of the hand washing units at Wakulima market.
The move comes against a finding by the company which finds that a significant number of informal sector workers, who constitute over 50 percent of Kenya’s workforce, are having significant challenged to access proper hygiene during this coronavirus pandemic.