Kenya’s digital merchandise for PwDs


Women and gents, the weekend! It’s additionally the perfect time to invoice that tech bro or sis. 

Any such weekend solely happens as soon as a month. If you happen to miss it this month, you’ll have to attend till the subsequent. I’m positive you don’t wish to wait. Simply kidding. No, I’m not.

By the way in which, in the present day is Kids’s Day in Nigeria. It’s a superb alternative to fulfil that promise to take them out or purchase that ice cream. 😉 I imply, make a baby blissful in the present day.

This weekend, I’m additionally following my recommendation and billing you. Simply kidding. I nonetheless don’t know what I’ll do that weekend, however I do know it will likely be enjoyable. 

Get pleasure from your weekend nevertheless you may. I’m all the time involved along with your general well being and wellbeing. Deal with your self throughout this brief break!!!

So in the present day, I’m going to speak about two tales:

  • Jumia’s partnership with CGAP
  • Merchandise for individuals with disabilities

Jumia’s partnership with CGAP

It goes with out saying that Jumia is likely one of the dominant gamers within the African eCommerce market. In Nigeria, the corporate made $33 million in income within the first quarter of 2021, with a $14.6 million improve within the first quarter of 2022.

Additionally, the Central Financial institution of Nigeria not too long ago granted it a Fee Service Answer Supplier (PSSP) licence.

The licence will allow it to course of funds for Nigerian third-party companies. This growth pits it immediately in opposition to Paystack, Flutterwave, eTranzact, and Remita. 

It additionally offers an extra income stream when the corporate desperately wants to extend income.

Apparently, the corporate is testing a healthtech play by means of a partnership with the Consultative Group to Help the Poor (CGAP).

This collaboration will present customers with entry to medical doctors for a $1 month-to-month subscription payment. 

Properly, Chimgozirim thinks it’s a unbelievable transfer that can enable Jumia to leverage its present buyer base and infrastructure. 

I don’t suppose we now have sufficient medical doctors on this nation, although. I imply, the World Well being Group (WHO) recommends one physician for each 600 individuals in a rustic. 

Nonetheless, in a rustic with one physician for each 5,000 individuals, the WHO’s advice seems a good distance off.

Additional, the Nigerian Medical Affiliation reviews that solely 35,000 of the 72,000 registered medical doctors are practising in Nigeria.

In his article, Chimgozirim discusses what the collaboration may imply for healthtech startups. Yow will discover it right here: Pricey healthtech startups, Jumia is coming to your bread!

Kenya’s digital merchandise for individuals with disabilities

In response to a report, roughly 40% of Africa’s inhabitants is disabled, together with 10-15% of school-age youngsters. This suggests that there are over 300 million individuals with disabilities in Africa.

Despite the fact that individuals with disabilities are sometimes called the world’s largest minority, in Africa, they face exclusion, discrimination, and obstacles to exercising their basic rights and taking part in growth. 

Nonetheless, Kenya, an African nation, is altering the narrative.

How? Kenya has developed a typical for digital accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

Which means individuals with disabilities, and older people who find themselves largely disconnected from most e-government providers and business-owned digital platforms, might be related, supported, and empowered by digital merchandise to extend their digital inclusion.

How? It will likely be completed by offering pc assistive know-how to the blind and visually impaired. Additionally, private and non-private sector digital services and products (like web sites and cell functions) might be extra accessible and usable by all Kenyan residents.

This follows the announcement by the Kenya Bureau of Requirements (KEBS) of a partnership with inABLE to develop a nationwide info and communication know-how (ICT) accessibility customary.

That is much like EnableMe Kenya, an internet platform, geared toward offering community-oriented technological help and growing digital inclusion for individuals with disabilities.

In response to Bernard Njiraini, KEBS Managing Director, “To accommodate all individuals within the society, inclusive design and common design ideas must be built-in into digital services and products.”

What I’m studying and watching


  • The African Management Group and Udacity are providing 5,000 scholarships to African residents who wish to advance their careers in tech. by studying new digital abilities. Scholarship recipients will enrol in one of many following Udacity Nanodegree programmes: Knowledge Analyst, Full-Stack Net Developer, or Cloud Developer. Apply right here.
  • Grant Grasp has introduced the beginning of its second Inventive Writers Fellowship cohort. The Fellowship for Inventive Writers will happen just about from July 4th to August twenty sixth, 2022. Apply right here.
  • MOBI Automation, a startup that makes use of Web3 applied sciences to unravel enterprise issues, is searching for a Chief Expertise Officer, UI & UX Designer, Senior Frontend Developer, and Inventive Designer. Ship your resume right here.
  • Do you breathe crypto or are you merely crypto-curious? Apply for the Coinbase Neighborhood Ambassador Program (CAP) — Summer time 2022 right here.

Have a tremendous weekend!

Victoria Fakiya for •.

Victoria Fakiya

A author with ADHD who’s serious about psychological well being and the way know-how is enhancing the lives of Africans with psychological issues.


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