The support provided for Nigerian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the electronic commerce space has increased by over 1,000 per cent since the advent of Jumia Nigeria six years according vendors working with the retail giant. Speaking during facility visits and interactive session at vendor warehouses as part of activities marking Jumia Nigeria’s six years of operation, the vendors said the e-commerce company has challenged them to work harder and inspired them to excel. An electronics dealer who is also a vendor with Jumia, Olajeme Dickson, disclosed that since he joined Jumia as one of its vendors, his business has continued to grow, especially in the aspect of profits.
Dickson who described Jumia as ‘God-sent” stated that the company has supported his business in terms of sales and income, adding that the company has a loan plan which enables him expand his business. “There is nothing comparable with Jumia. They supported my business in terms of the number of sales that I’ve been able to get. My income has grown. If I can quantify, I’ll be looking at maybe over 1,000 percent. Jumia is like a God-sent. In terms of loans, there’s this partnership that Jumia does. The problem is not the sales but being able to cope with the sales. That means I need more cash to be able to run the business.’’ Also speaking, co-founder of 21 Attire, a female clothing company, Trust Osunde disclosed that Jumia’s professionalism in doing things has contributed to the growth of his fashion company.