ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka based Hela Clothing group said its units in Kenya had turned to make personal protective equipment during a Coronavirus pandemic keeping staff in work and earning praise from President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Hela Clothing said during the pandemic it had shifted to PPE generating over 2,000 jobs and paid all non-executive staff full salaries and also gave a relief payment for 8,000 staff.
The firm said it accounted for 15 per cent of Kenya’s apparel exports having started operations in 2016.
President Kenyatta had mentioned the company in his May Day address for providing jobs.
“When the COVID pandemic hit our country, this EPZ Company [Hela Clothing] quickly discovered the opportunity and switched to the production of PPEs and facemasks,” Kenyatta was quoted as saying.
It has 10 factories in three countries across Sri Lanka, Kenya and Ethiopia with a workforce spanning over 15,000.
During the pandemic, Hela Clothing had shifted its production line to produce PPE thereby creating over 2,000 jobs and securing many more.
Sri Lanka’s apparel manufacturer, Hela Clothing with factories in East Africa has been commended by the Kenyan President for its innovation and resilience in creating and protecting jobs during the pandemic. (Colombo/May04/2021)