As lockdowns were enforced in March, Hope, like other water and retail businesses, saw sales plummet. Medved-Po described seeing Hope “at the bottom” around April or May “frightening.”
Mobilizing plastic collection also had to be put on hold over safety concerns, as waste collectors—PCEx’s own frontliners—risked being exposed to the virus.
However, Medved-Po noted that Hope’s nonprofit Friends of Hope, which manages the classroom-building operations, and PCEx “did very well even during the pandemic.”
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