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Mastercard Foundation & Ethiopian SMEs Partner to Fight COVID-19

Mastercard Foundation has announced a partnership with a consortium of 11 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Ethiopia to repurpose their factories to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) in the fight against COVID-19. Mastercard Foundation will commit more than USD 3.2 million from the Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program, which was created specifically to assist institutions and communities in Africa to withstand and respond to the short-term impacts of this pandemic, while strengthening their resilience in the long-run. Read more.

Mastercard Foundation has announced a partnership with a consortium of 11 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Ethiopia to repurpose their factories to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) in the fight against COVID-19

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