Anyanzwa added, “Scrobber.com sounded more ‘serious’ and not close to the community of item renters we wanted, so we chose a Sheng (Nairobi Slang for rent it) name to make it more fun and friendly. Scrobber, the previous startup name is now the name of our entire company mainly for our corporate dealings while Kuhire is the online classifieds ad platform for individuals and now companies to hire out their stuff.”
Kuhire now has 1000+ and 800 verified listings compared to the 82 hire businesses listed on the platform and 100 inquiries per week as at July 5 during our first interview with the team.
Another Pivot the startup has made is that they expected car hires but amusingly people are looking mostly for wedding gowns and tuxedos (fashionable items.
Another big challenge is adequately meeting the demand from consumers. “We are making a call to action for people to list stuff they dont use frequently to those who have a need for them. In turn they will earn an extra income. we shall continue to profile everyone on the system to ensure safe renting which is in line with our goal “a satisfied customer comes back with friends,” Anyanzwa said.