With the economy throwing at everyone harsh conditions to survive in we have technology to thank for making our lives easier.
SwiftAide is a pool of service providers and users on one platform where convenience, quality and reliability are offered in an ecosystem that is meant to make life easier for users especially job seekers and those seeking services. Imagine being able to find a service or a job just as fast as you’re able to order an Uber, this is what SwiftAide is all about.
On SwiftAide’s site this is how they have described themselves:
“In today’s fast-paced world, we are constantly flitting from task to task, skipping meals, dodging deadlines, stuck in traffic, etc. In short, we are just zipping past life in a perpetually weary sort of way, trying to catch a breath over the fleeting weekend. But the weekend has its own share of social obligations. To be left alone; to sit down quiet; to drown the noise of the clamouring world in quiet reflection is one’s birthright. This dose of sanity and stillness is hard to come by in today’s times. SwiftAide ensures you have more time to spend with your children, family or just yourself,”
The team has grown to 200 service providers which is pretty impressive for a startup. Just like any other service providing company the biggest challenge is how to ensure that the clientele gets proper service and mediocre people.
So far the app has attracted a lot of unemployed young people who are unable to find employment or those seeking to give professional services but don’t have the resources to market to a bigger audience. The coolest thing about this app is that it actually works like a taxi app, you order whatever service you want and you choose based on people’s profiles and who you like. They hope to also create opportunities for professionals like doctors who will be able to also their services on the platform.
Co-founder George Theuri has said that the biggest challenge has come from the government, they refuse to give incentives to locals This means that they are locked out of an ecosystem which can create jobs for Kenyans propelling the country’s economic status to greater growth.
He says that the government is offering preferential treatment to foreigners while neglecting those with home-grown solutions to everyday problems. This means that local start ups are struggling financially making them unable to break even as do foreign companies.