Despite the punishing effects of the pandemic, some businesses managed to expand operations through online marketing, and delivery services, according to the report. Some of those surveyed said they hoped that an improvement in fortunes in 2021 would enable them to rehire some of the staff they had to let go of last year.

“Now we are begging the government to help us,” said Alatu Ahubi, who has been a farmer for 20 years. “When this pandemic started I had to downsize my staff but I pray that everything goes back to what it used to be so I can call back my staff to resume their duties, thereby enabling them to feed and cater for their families.”

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