Technology

When electrician, plumber is click of a button away

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Summary

  • The app, available on Playstore for all Android smartphones, has two features.
  • Kazi Worker feature, where you can register and upload their skills. Then there is Kazi Request a Service feature, where customers post jobs.
  • Last year, Mr Munga and his friends launched the app, ending nearly a year of working hard behind the scenes.

For months, Samuel Munga kept thinking how he could be of help to scores of skilled yet un-employed youth whom he interacted within his estate and on the streets of Nairobi.

As a human resource management graduate from the University of Nairobi, Mr Munga knew all too well about the country’s rising un-employment.

With his friends, they saw a solution in technology. That is how they set about creating Kazi that connects people seeking a range of services from the comfort of their home to people with the right skills.

The app, available on Playstore for all Android smartphones, has two features. Kazi Worker feature, where you can register and upload their skills. Then there is Kazi Request a Service feature, where customers post jobs.

Last year, Mr Munga and his friends launched the app, ending nearly a year of working hard behind the scenes.

Kazi Worker has connected over 3, 000 skilled persons with Kenyans in need of services that include gardening, plumbing, fixing of home appliances and teaching music among others.

“It came about after many interactions with the youths who have skills yet monetising these skills remains such a big challenge. We wanted to make it convenient to sell their skills and make money out of it,” Mr Munga says.

The app is free for those wishing to sell skills while clients must deposit money into their Kazi e-wallets through the 4021955.

All one needs to do is visit the kazinow.ke website and within a few clicks of the button, he or she advertises a service or a job.

The skilled people — referred to pros on the Kazi website — must upload at least three work referrals, names of three family members and their national identification details which are then scrutinised by the Kazi team.

Within 24 hours, a pro is registered and ready to hit the road running. Courtesy of IT, it is no longer necessary to go on knocking on people’s doors in the hope of landing a job to clean clothes, do gardening or fix broken fridges. It is all happening at the click of a button on one’s mobile phone.

“The app creates convenience on both ends because think of that ‘mama fua’ (women washing clothes for a fee) who will otherwise sit at the front of gates or go knocking from door to door and a whole day they get no job,” Mr Munga adds.

While the soft-spoken Munga does not disclose the amounts spent to get the Kazi app running, he says that they had to pay software developers and Google for the real-time mapping that ensures that customers are linked to the nearest pro.

Kazi retains 25 percent of the amounts that a pro earns from a single job, meaning that if one does a job for Sh700, then the firm deducts Sh175.

The app allows a price adjustment where the customer can negotiate for the amount to be paid for particular task. Kazi then approves the job.

Upon completion and after a pro and customer tick to approve successful completion of a job, Kazi automatically transfers the amount payable from the customer’s e-wallet to the pro’s account.

Kazi Worker is currently linking people’s needs with solutions in Nairobi but Mr Munga says that they will spread to other towns next year. It’s an expansion that other businesses depends on the success story in the country’s capital city.