Author: Nasha Harper

Gates foundation launches mojaloop in partneship with ripple

Gates foundation launches mojaloop in partneship with ripple

Startups, Technology
In partnership with ripple, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has launched Mojaloop, a blockchain ledger, to promote financial inclusion in Africa. Mojaloop, a decentralised and open source payments platform based on Ripple blockchain technology will simplify and reduce the cost of developing inclusive payment platforms. It will also enable an individual’s digital wallet to connect with her employer’s bank account and her children’s school account to complete monthly transactions. According to Kosta Peric, Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor, at the Gates Foundation, “Just as the internet revolutionized digital communication, open-source solutions like Mojaloop can spark innovation and democratize access to digital payments, empowering billions of new customers and d
BRCK’s Moja goes live in Nairobi,signs up Facebook,Vanu for trials in Rwanda

BRCK’s Moja goes live in Nairobi,signs up Facebook,Vanu for trials in Rwanda

Internet, Technology
BRCK's Moja, a free public WiFi project for smartphone users in Kenya which was announced in March, is now live in several areas  in Nairobi. It has also signed up partners, Facebook and Vanu, for similar trials in rural Rwanda. Vanu Inc is providing low-energy and solar-powered base stations to BRCK in Rwanda. Unlike Rwanda where BRCK is the only firm working on free public WiFi, Surf and Poa Internet are working on similar but ad free models targeted at low-cost communities at a daily, weekly or monthly fee.Free or affordable internet is a great initiative  and BRCK’s Moja has evaded the net neutrality debate by running ads to pay for Internet in Kenya. In Rwanda, Facebook’s Free basics is the main focus and might raise eyebrows. It’s not a big deal though as Airtel runs Fac
iWayAfrica Kenya acquires terrestrial and VSAT customer base of Callkey

iWayAfrica Kenya acquires terrestrial and VSAT customer base of Callkey

Business, Technology
iWayAfrica Kenya, has been granted regulatory approval to acquire the terrestrial and VSAT customer base of Callkey Networks, a Nairobi-based corporate communications service provider and subsidiary of ImaraSat. In a strategic move to grow its local presence, iWayAfrica Kenya finalised the deal with CallKey to acquire its 200-strong customer base. The acquisition was also in support of Government efforts to improve the quality and reach of internet connectivity. The signing marks an end to months of negotiations between the companies, and engagement with the regulators, to ensure a seamless transition for customers. Photo Credits: iWayAfrica Kenya's Managing Director, Kenneth Munyi, said that the Internet provision business has become highly competitive: “Offering top notch se
Yassir taxi hailing App takes a go at Uber

Yassir taxi hailing App takes a go at Uber

Startups, Technology
Yassir is a new taxi hailing app in Algeria set to allow users to call cab drivers near them directly quickly and affordably. Yassir, developed by engineer and former Intel Corporation researcher Noureddine Tayebi, will be first launched in El Biar, Benaknoun, Cheraga, Dely Ibrahim, Ouled Fayet, Birmourad Rais, Mohamadia, Bab Ezzouar, Dar El Beida and Bordj El Kiffan then expanded to other communes later. It is not yet clear why Tayebi decided to launch Yassir but may be some of the reasons that make Uber unfavourable in other markets such as pricing, wait time and driver requirements are what could have moved the entrepreneur to get his hands dirty to launch his own company. Photo Credits: Yassir is looking for drivers with cars registered after 2007 and staying in the ten
Jumia global launches to compete with MallforAfrica

Jumia global launches to compete with MallforAfrica

Business, Startups
Photo Credits: Many sites have sprouted across cities to help buyers in Africa purchase just about anything from hundreds of overseas E-Commerce stores and have it delivered back home either in Accra, Lagos, Nairobi or in between. Sites like Kenya’s Vitumob, Box, Savostore, Box, Kentexcargo among others have been fulfilling their customer needs just fine whereas before their emergence,  Amazon and eBay had gained dominance. Then came VC-backed MallforAfrica to change Africa’s global e-commerce shopping trend. During its launch in Nigeria in 2014, Chris Folayan said the platform aimed to ship to millions of shoppers in Nigeria, as well as Nigerians living abroad who want to ship items home to their families in Africa. MallforAfrica signed partnerships with Macy’, BestBuy, GAP a