Google in partnership with Safaricom, Equity Bank and Kenic announced today the Getting Kenyan Businesses Online (GKBO) program, an initiative aimed at thousands of Kenya SMEs, including sole traders, who do not have a website or online presence. According to Google, together with its partners, “GKBO will provide free or subsidized services to help businesses to use web and internet technologies. This includes supporting organizations that provide assistance for small and medium businesses, as well as other industry organizations that are aligned with the aims of the initiative.”
Google has provided a free site building tool to assist small businesses with setting up their sites.
In addition to the tool, GKBO will provide:
- Free .kbo.co.ke. web address e.g. www.mamamboga.kbo.co.ke for businesses
- Free online marketing through business listings on www.kbo.co.ke
- Free ongoing tips and education
The program will likely prove to be a boon for the Kenyan Internet ecosystem long term, getting more Kenyans online and providing much needed local content in the East African country.
Kenyan businesses can sign up for the program immediately at www.kbo.co.ke.
Watch the promo video below: