Startups Fund-raised to Overcome Corona Pandemic in Indonesia
Corona pandemic affects many sectors. There are at least 11 startups that raise funding through each program, to help the community minimize the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
Shopee in collaboration with the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) through ShopeePay. “We invite users to donate easily through the QRIS Scan available in the application,” ShopeePay Marketing Manager Cindy Candiawan was quoted as saying in a press release, today (15/4).
Previously, this e-commerce company from Singapore provided donations and subsidies for the price of 1 million masks. A total of 100,000 will be given to the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB). While another 900 thousand are distributed through the Shopee application in the form of transaction subsidies. In addition, the company has donated IDR 1 billion to PMI.
A logistical startup, Paxel donated 10 thousand servings of food in collaboration with Paskomnas, Carisayur.com, Goldenmom.id, and BBC Seafood. In addition, Rp. 100 from each shipment will be donated. The company also works withahitin.com to make 100-200 masks every day to donate. Users can also donate through new features in the Paxel application.
“The donations collected will be allocated for the distribution of N95 masks to hospitals and health facilities that handle the Covid-19 case,” Paxel CEO Bryant Christanto said in a press release.
Paxel also supports a number of activities such as the Johari Zein Foundation’s Donation in Free Food Operations, the Million Glasses Movement, and the #BerbagiLoka Movement by distributing vegan rice and groceries.
Indonesian Decacorn Startups Also Distribute Food Packages to Its Partners
Decacorn Homeland Gojek through Yayasan Anak Bangsa Bisa (YABB) and Alfamart provided food packages worth IDR 20 billion for 200 thousand partners. Each voucher is worth IDR 100,000. Basic food donation is part of the 12 programs initiated by Gojek to anticipate a drop in the income of the driver’s partners.
The program covers three main areas, namely health and safety insurance, easing day-to-day expenses, and partner income assistance. In addition to food donations, Gojek distributed 1 million meal vouchers valued at IDR 5,000 per week to partners. With the voucher, partners can buy affordable food packages from thousands of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) partners.
Gojek together with the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR also raise donations with a target of IDR 1 billion in a week. For online motorcycle taxi drivers and MSMEs affected by Covid-19. This assistance will be distributed through the Gojek, Telkomsel and Kitabisa.com applications.
Three Startup Donated to Help Corona Victims
There are three startups that raise donations of up to IDR 3 billion, namely Tokopedia, OVO, and Grab. Each contributed IDR 1 billion. Tokopedia’s co-founder revealed that this effort was made so that the community could be moved and contribute to solving existing problems.
The company has also distributed aid in the form of more than 150 thousand medical masks to the public, especially those affected by corona. Karaniya Dharmaputra, President Director of OVO said that the donations collected will be used to buy a PPE complete for struggling medical personnel.
OVO also provides assistance in the form of handsanitizers in the amount of more than 10,000 pcs through assistance programs for its partners, including SMEs, in the Greater Jakarta and Bali.
Neneng Goenadi as Managing Director of Grab Indonesia revealed that the company has initiated several programs to fight the coronavirus. Some of these include financial assistance from Grabcare for its positive corona partners, Mandiri In-Health insurance, and one million masks through collaboration with PMI.
Bareksa also launched the #InvestLawanCorona movement, by cooperating with OVO. The company will donate funds from each sale of mutual funds and gold on the platform. For each mutual fund and gold transaction, a minimum of IDR 300 thousand.