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Tech firm hits on solution to water scarcity in slums

Queuing for water is a common occurence in Nairobi but Residents of informal settlements have a reason to smile following a new mobile application developed to facilitate the distribution and acquisition of water in Kenyan slums. File
Queuing for water is a common occurence in Nairobi but Residents of informal settlements have a reason to smile following a new mobile application developed to facilitate the distribution and acquisition of water in Kenyan slums. File 

Residents of informal settlements have a reason to smile following a new mobile application developed to facilitate the distribution and acquisition of water in Kenyan slums.

The application, dubbed m-maji, is a mobile phone-based database management information system that provides water vendors and their clients in slums with an interactive platform to seamlessly carry out their transactions.

The database is free and open to all users regardless of the type of phone they have and uses a combination of USSD, Mobile Web and SMS technology.

M-maji has been developed by tech firm WezaTele in partnership with a group of Stanford University students and Umande Trust, an organisation based in Kibera that addresses water and sanitation issues.