Spurring apps development: empowering farmers
This wave of technology has inspired entrepreneurs both young and old to strive to create the next big idea in Africa. M-PESA has aided the mushrooming of app startups that goes beyond M-PESA itself.
M-Farm is a mobile start up that aims at connecting farmers by giving them updated information on the markets if they are subscribed to Safaricom. It helps link farmers to potential buyers through the current market place and agri-trends. M-Farm works as a transparency tool for farmers who can get the retail price for their products, buy their farm inputs directly from manufacturers at reasonable prices.
MedAfrica also comes in as an app from Shimba technologies that helps Kenyans connect to reliable health care information. The app provides lists of certified healthcare providers. It also has a diagnosis feature where one can determine what they are ailing from by stating a list of thee symptoms; the app then gives a list of suitable hospitals and specialists and also provides information on the hospitals location.
The app also provides First Aid advice, women’s health information and diet tips. It aims at improving health care solutions in Kenya and providing fast information.
Eneza education is another virtual tutor assistant that operates on low cost mobile phones. Through the service a student is able to register for a course, access the studying material, take quizzes and tutorials, ask their tutor questions live and also get graded on the performance in all the subjects being studied.
This online platform helps students revise for main exams such as the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education virtually without the hassle of going for holiday tuition and can be done from the comfort of their own homes.
M-PESA is expanding quickly and has cemented its presence in Kenya, as well as expanded to Tanzania, South Africa, Afghanistan, India and its latest addition Romania in March 2014. It is fast expanding to a place near you, keeping true to its tag line – Relax, you have got M-PESA.