Kenya breaking new barriers in ICT development – Mucheru

March 30, 2016
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Kenya has churned out impressive tech-based projects that have changed lives and made visible impacts in the economy/FILE
Kenya has churned out impressive tech-based projects that have changed lives and made visible impacts in the economy/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 30 – “Kenya stands shoulder to shoulder with developed markets in areas of ICT. Dare I even say that in a few years to come, it is very possible that we will have surpassed a number of these developed markets in terms of how integrated our economic sectors will be with technology,” ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru recently said.

True to his words, Kenya has churned out impressive tech-based projects that have changed lives and made visible impacts in the economy. These include innovative products such as M-PESA, Ushahidi and M-kopa to name a few.

The government has also not been left out. Huduma Centres for instance have contributed greatly in transforming the delivery of public services. Others include E-passport and E-citizen among others.

New innovative ideas have been created in the country with some having the ability to change how things are done. Below are some of them;

Kuhustle

This is an online marketplace that connects businesses with skilled freelancers to deliver quality work. As a player in the IT and telecommunications industry, Kuhustle simultaneously helps organizations manage their human capital costs. Broken down, the company seeks to create employment and improve access to digital jobs. Companies only need to post a job and get bids to deliver it on time and budget. To date, the company has worked with over 14,000 freelancers and done jobs worth an estimated Sh32,550,000.

Abacus

If you haven’t heard about Abacus yet, it is about time. Abacus is an online provider of financial data specifically capital markets. It builds web and mobile software to help investors across the globe access African financial markets. Broken down, Abacus provides real-time data, analytics and comprehensive company profiles on firms listed in the Nairobi Securities Exchange with a view of providing a buying and selling online platform.

M-shamba

This is a platform that provides information to farmers through the use of a mobile phone. By using a mobile phone, a farmer can access information on weather and climate, harvesting, farming tips, marketing and credit among others. As far as marketing is concerned, M-shamba takes an extra step to link farmers to markets in addition to offering them a farm management system.

Totohealth

Totohealth has chosen to deliver healthcare using a different route; using a mobile phone. The mobile solution enables mothers to monitor their pregnancy as well as the health of their children who are under the age of five. With close to 20,000 registered users, Totohealth works over text and voice messages and allows parents to receive targeted health information directly to their phone through a text message or a voice message.

Kejahunt

This is an online portal that aims to help users find houses without the hustle of using agents. Unlike other portals, this portal seeks to house middle and lower income earners by finding houses that are convenient for their users. Apart from finding rental houses, users can also purchase houses at the portal.

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