tv Innovate Africa 2014 Ep 3 Al Jazeera February 12, 2018 6:32am-7:01am +03
coopted to see what we have seen today and really what i was trying to get over to is the importance of her leadership i believe in her and i believe in her leadership i think she's done incredible things in her life i'm very sad to see what's happening to burma now and to see the direction the country is going ahead of south africa's ruling african national congress says party leaders are preparing to finalize a deal that will result in president jacob zuma leaving office soon as under growing pressure to leave a corruption allegations a.n.c. leaders serum a porter says leaders meeting on monday will decide on a swift transfer of power. a new york state's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the weinstein company alleging it failed to protect its employees against disgraced former c.e.o. harvey weinstein was one of hollywood's most influential producers before more than seventy woman accused him of sexual misconduct including rape allegations he denies the lawsuit us told the sale of the company those are the headlines the news
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a platform that could really tell africa story in a new light. african economies are growing the i.c.t. revolution is help to unleash the potential of many african startups in this episode we meet entrepreneurs who are fighting uniquely african ways to do business . kenya is africa's leader when it comes to mobile money. but also. with the digital payment platform and pans out around eleven in the hundred million people use simple cell phones to pay their bills and that's more than double the number who have bank accounts. the most is key and is a typical limp as a user he has
a small business providing services to tourists. the past four years has been successfully running play the tourist and driving village peas around nairobi. us to live on top of the. world complaint over thank you man thank you good to be here at the traffic boys like this morning on even if it's crazy. how do you how do you prefer to get paid for casual as the other ways sometimes. it's all stunted when kenyans who had no bank account or credit cards began to trade their time to pay for services. of the deposits in this system was so successful that it was fined chained and called impasse. is this one he'd waited for money it is now the most widely used form of payment across the african
continent. how does it work i give you my telephone number yeah. so is this where we can get them past the hotel think there is and president we're going to go and then we will do the deposits and then you tell us about americans i noticed just as we were driving in here i mean we didn't drive for long but there's like an pesticides everywhere. finance business and everybody is using a bus when the long time ago there was this done as a rebellious leg buckland's this big bangs were given us a difficult condition it's true love account there has always been some mistrust of the banking system and kenyans prefer to deal only in cash often sending passes of money across the country with friends and relatives using the local bus network. now transfers are made swiftly and safely from digital wallet that can be installed
on any mobile phone so when impreza came it was it's and it's in a butchery. i think it's buckled. so you can basically do it anywhere. as long as it. is just using it so i just want to deposit some money in my account for that i can pay the rosters off to handing over my phone number and passports my account was set up in just a couple of minutes and i was able to make my first deposit. and see the messages just come through. they got two thousand chips just like that. so now i've got two thousand shillings in my car i can try and side with pretty much any more. money to. the first person i paid. but one of them pencil works well for individual cash payments it's not designed to facilitate the
business but now impair a new money innovation that is designed specifically for small businesses in kenya . that's where the gap was and that's where we. are in connecting to. the technologies is a company started and owned by country utica teaching. he has challenged the banking system further and created a product called empath m.p.l. works for a variety of small businesses like this soccer academy not only to pay and receive money but also to keep online records of transactions we used to request the parents ok where to pay through. then we came across an improved version over. mine which is called. sort of getting that money through my foreign land but i have to go to an intern we can draw that money and pay actually set up a system whereby
a minute going to be paid into an individuals for number but into the company and back out. it's very simple because it has to work on it's not for each of. those dumb foods to come here and. to build a building. after that you get a response for this it's between. business and t.v. . this is the place i come to basically how does the course in space are called i have. got you have guys of ideas they come together and it builds awesome things. so this is pretty much where you got started exactly i was young then lots of ideas. and i decided to jump in and try one of
you saying that this coffee shop was actually your first clinton it was. they really helped us it must be dear to you that you're you're helping out small businesses definitely one of the most frustrating thing about doing a business is fading you know and from my journey i realized that. if i had a better control of what's happening in the business then that would have made it easier to sustain it and to succeed and so that's the vision for a pair to create. an opportunity for people to build entire businesses and industries around one of the clients that's using them persisting is a smart fellow it's not a very innovative company what they do is they drive you home in your own car so they're. using all system they will to easily subscribe clients using mobile payments in
a very innovative way really to give people. a client sends money to have. it directly both into their account and basically they do not have to do any records on their part to make to very easy for them to track the client's cash and people. of. color you keep is not the first innovator in his family my dad was a pioneer he was one of the first if not the first computer science graduates in kenya and he also had a passion for africa just dislike his passion it was more political and it took him to fighting for a second liberation so did you did you ever get the opportunity to ask your dad how you went from freedom fighters a computer science professor. actually was from computer science what was said to freedom. and i asked my mom. and i think was very passionate about the
country about freedom he believed immensely interested and he believed that you have to do what you happen to so this is this is who. with a big party this fashion has actually come back. so it seems to me like your business is is pretty. crucial for any small business to have what do you think is the role of small businesses in africa. former. colleague without. saying anything that any economy can do whether the american economy. or for that matter. runs a small business he's he's got a few a few clients that he takes on. maybe your businesses could come together and you could help. the rest of. them give you can connect to.
growing economies need electricity and in africa it's not always easy one rwandan innovator doesn't see the lack of available power as a problem he sees it as an opportunity. in the district of. the surrounding areas well known to reste hotspots and natural beauty and population a major attraction. remains relatively. the nearest town over forty five minutes away and there are no facilities like electricity. people here rely on mobile phones in order to connect with the outside
world it with no electricity they have to make the long journey into town for a single charge. to. three months ago. into a brand new franchise that has changed everything. every day he wheels is a red kiosk into the center of the village. it's a solar powered store that can charge cell phones and other small electronic devices. immolate charges a fee for the service and after just three months his business is business. because it. doesn't run. a court to try to go to court issuer civilians will. so this is the solar kiosk absolutely this is the mobile sort of.
thing. there's a different option on the inside the. and the franchise model were invented by henry you could really be from rwanda one thing i knew was the lack of electricity was a big problem in the region in iran the crude so solid technology is one the best technology to fight to solve that issue sixty percent of population has a cell phone bill less than fifteen percent have access with your city so that was the initial idea and we grew up in india but left as a student for the us same system to grow in any ninety. two he's constantly joined back to africa there's no doubt in my mind that the future is here when i move back here back up my back there was nothing left for me in the states you want people to go back there that's for sure and see. i start seeing the opportunities when i was on vacation here and then that's when the ideas
are ok something is going on here and i will be part of. it i saw seeing people more and more people with cell phones but they were having a lot of problem charging the cell phone including myself at a time on a blackberry as well for so i had to go home charge my phone go back to the city manual be cool to have a kiosk in a city wake it is charging so i did some research i went online and i look at energy as i was you know you look at a statistic here less than twenty percent of the population has access will each receive in a region it's even worse in some areas you know so i knew this where i want to be so how many for cell phones would you be able to charge at a time so we can charge both about that up to thirty four and i want or you can tell we do every all the charger down u.s.b. port all the we have universal plugs we can charge up to ninety percent different type of phone that exists in the world and you can see all the lights here the green eyes tells you when it's charging when it's not so you can turn on turned off
ok and the control panel gives you the battery life. we want to make it the easiest possible to give you the world yes the whole body is a plastic base mold from the frame to the body the only thing metal is the body frame you can definitely see that the plastic makes it quite easy to move around maneuver flight yeah absolutely actually it is a large system we can the system if they want to go eat or they want to move away from the chaos so nobody steals before. if it's a rainy day or cloudy day you don't have much sun would you be able to go with the power of the battery for the entire day absolutely so we're using. the batteries which is the best battery in the market right now the switch charge everything during the day from the solar panel but the system automatically kicks in using the battery if it's cloud if it's raining or you know it's automatically does it from
the system it could rain for two days the bad will still be working because i want to create a full business solution for franchisee where they can really earn a living of this particular business. you know what we're trying to really do is if you come to a kiosk in rule area or in the city the same service same quality service same product you know your uniform distribution ship what would it have had to do to buy into the business so the franchise business on this version particular version was seven hundred dollars which includes training with tissue about marketing business model taxes etc where he also doesn't operate charging he can sell ads as a pos system to sell or tricity which is fun and does to the closest his city where it is electricity so it seems like he has quite a few customers do you want to maybe get more kiosks in the future. who would you
know. to for any charging wish. henry now has twenty four franchisees operating. so water franchise very simple you will. see a lot of people that want to be in business. business bottom so when you look at statistics franchise business model has a higher rate of success than traditional business eighty percent of franchisees succeed and eighty percent of traditional business fail i will still have a lot of challenges now we it's easy to monitor but how do you market to three four hundred kilos so now we develop a software technology that will be built in a kiosk we can communicate with a kiosk and be able to know what a kiosk all troubleshoot a kiosk remotely and we work on the next generation will be offering internet
services we integrate space because especially they really need for more than their ship i think it's very early stage you know because you can always have great ideas of problem solving without financing you can move from point a to point b. i mean that's just the name of the gate with great ideas good stuff because there's more funding you know i see all the time now we have to move the ball still and create a real structure to support the earth to get them to the next level. in many cities. even those who don't have to make use of taxis like this one. and drive the credentials on people and danger on the room
is an ongoing. i'm on my way to to me. founders of a software development company called page one of his products is tackling the dangers of unregulated motorcycle taxes. thank you. heidi well coming to ok thank you so much for having me i love the photography it's a beautiful building you know we try to be the most creative spacing to go away and i think we're almost there. in the bag and the hey hey team operate from here a collective workspace into ghani called the office. it's an innovation hubs for small startups can share space and cool resources. hey hey which means way in kenya one was founded by peace and three other students attending
a summit course for mobile programming. in just four years the team has transformed big ideas into big business the company is now one of the leading software development firms in the country. this team that was formed grow to become something bigger than we had imagined and with grew from having just s.m.s. best applications you know from the time that we started with a bit of web technologies to now you know a full on smartphone applications that are running on i os devices on android devices and in the. last year we won the transform africa award we have been listed in forbes which was pretty great in twenty twelve about the inspire africa wide as well with each with each price that we got with that we got we saw a client walking. hey has quickly gained
a solid reputation and they were recently contracted by the london government to create online public opinion surveys. i have given university students a way to access the grades remotely. has acquired a small team but you're working on a lot of different projects at the same time yeah it's a lot of work but we try to be as efficient as possible. one of their latest initiatives is safe and new app tackling a big problem the application that we're building right now it's a g.p.s. enabled application that will connect people are looking to take this what are bikes with really safe water by drivers who have been trained in roads have people have you know clean helmets who drive safe. drivers licenses you know things like this your top on the web. and it gives you a list of what was available so why didn't does it actually connect to a specific model driver within your area and you know how their contact information
or drive plate number and your call basically a truck. just quickly very personal that one really does have that out of uploads. hey hey it is also leading the way when it comes to user access to local creative content they've recently launched a platform called new. this digital content store all the most of in-house production of apps you're also focusing on or your content like music storytelling some of the eighteen your own i tunes or amazon basically for the continent and comics medium quality. to allows registered users to download locally developed us access african literature comics and poetry as well as preview and download music we wanted to build a platform that could really tell africa story in a new light you know just share great stories great innovations from all over the
continent so we realized that we really needed to understand the context in. operate to understand what the needs were and this is where home going to missions really do make sense. and in line with everything home grown even one coffee farm is set to benefit from hey he's soft we're developing skills. we have this mobile application that is literally getting the farmers voice right from their farm to the decision makers during their district coffee task force meetings to recode the boys you just need to touch. them it's mostly the older generation in africa that's stealing up with culture they're not tech savvy how on earth is an information best solution supposed to help them solve we're working with youth that are somehow connected to this coffee as it's a smartphone applications are used in these villages will actually have and will be able to gold you know down to this farm and you know get but their issues are
recorded share it with the decision makers and restarted with districts hundreds of the industry. sectors so this is actually how you gather one of the feedback from the various farm is to be able to put together and praising to policymakers yes it's. just. released a new team post six month programs to teach high school students how to develop an idea into a functioning app as you can see here some of the apps the were built by the high school students i worked with in a six man and incubation program that we have we also take them through understanding of design thinking how do you really get to understand what issues are out there and how do you build relevant solutions so when they graduate not only can they just build up or they're super confident that teens who you know know how to collaborate work in teams to build great solutions and understand where their ideas really kept their ideas and you know building things that are relevant
for the market. hard because there's just a high. full of women in technology we try to encourage out at that age to you know stay passionate about science and technology. we don't just want to be a country or a continent that's you know simply consuming whatever technologies that being built by those we want to be you know kind of the people that are creating this solutions that are contributing to the technological advancement of the wild and i certainly believe that great technology innovations will be coming out of africa and will become a god of his. next time on innovate africa with actually a treasure the young social entrepreneurs whose fresh idea is changing the face of africa out of business or. building cheap computers from unmounted.
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