Move over Nairobi devs, three beautiful girls who could be doing awesome jobs in banking, PR, Law and even music decided to get dirty and build Kenya’s first price comparison site and I like them.
The three, Laurah Nziya, a Civil Engineer, Mercy Chepkorir, a Marketer and Velma Mulindi a Business and Communication student, say on their site they were frustrated with having to spend hours calling or visiting various institutions to compare and find the best prices and were confused by how prices are calculated or what they actually mean and put-off by the stale data most companies’ websites hold and to even more worse, displeased by the cluttered and noisy nature of most financial sites then decided to launch Jijini Markets, Kenya’s first price comparison site.
Jijini is Swahili for in the city so roughly Jijini Markerts means city markets.
According to the girls, “Jijini Markets is the best place to find and compare the best prices in the Kenyan market. A one-stop shop to quickly and easily see the best prices as well as compare what the various intitutions are offering. No clutter, noise or distractions. Just the latest, accurate data in a standardised format that makes it easy to understand and compare.”
The girls says they are working to build up a huge database on financial rates and institutions then retail institutions such as supermarkets and petrol stations. Financial rates are updated as often as they are provided by the respective institutions. Most of their data is sourced directly from the institutions via automated feeds or their daily rate cards. They also call or visit Petrol and retailers/supermarkerts weekly to update their prices.
Though you might they are the first ones to do price comparison in Kenya, there are several Facebook forums for price comparison. TV has also been used for a long time to compare essential prices, another local site called PesaCom, short for Pesa comparison acnd compares prices of the countries financial products and services likes mortgages and loans.
Jijini Markets names Asilia founder Andrew Mugoya as their advisor and angel investor.