David Jackson Kileo: Kionect Launches for Nairobi’s Smallest Shopkeepers
Kaka is a new, young kiosk owner who opened his store 7-8 months. After finishing his school, he decided he wanted to be an entrepreneur. From his beaming smile, you know he is quite proud of it. Kaka has used Kionect and so far has been calling-in his orders. The biggest value he finds in Kionect is that once he places his order, he gets an SMS confirming it and telling him exactly how much he owes for his orders. “Previously there was no way of knowing how much I owe till the order was brought to me and in some cases I had to send it back as I didn’t have enough money with me,” says Kaka. Knowing how much I owe helps me plan better for the day to day. Kaka still does all his transactions in cash and is not sure whether he would want a loan but is open to learning more on how loans can help him.
When we told Kaka that we were bringing SMS ordering to Kionect he was all excited to try and he was happy that these messages would be free and not cost him minutes. “I will try it over the weekend before you visit me again,” he told us. “I like using technology.”