Part 2: #Datahacks4Fi Series
Tech Team: Hello Job
Rwanda’s population is steadily rising at 2.6% annually, and is estimated at 12 million people with a median age of 19 years. Yet, only less that 40% of the population is banked. The youth have a lot to offer as they explore the potential economic benefits of connecting the informal sector to the formal sector. Through developing ICT based financial applications, that connect workers with employable skills to employers, they are positioned as key contributors to the economy.
As such, Hello Job, an application that won $2500 and took the top prize at Kigali’s #DataHacks4Fi competition aims at connecting informal sector workers to employees. The competition organised by KLab in Rwanda, brought together various ‘data specialists and Financial Service Providers (FSPs) who work toward connecting technologies for crowdsourcing data-driven solutions to tackle real-world problems.’
Martial Batangana, the CEO of Hello Job is part of a team of four and said that their application helps handymen, cleaners, babysitters, houseworkers, electricians —all informal workers—to keep employment records so that they can leverage their employable skills as a means to accessing financial services.
"ICTs provide solutions for all kinds of problems" ~ Martial Batangana, CEO of Hello Job.
“Our platform is about providing services and connecting especially informal workers to jobs. This way financial institutions will be able to see the workers employment history as an incentive to give them small loans that they may need,” Martial said.
He said that it is because of ICTs that it becomes easy to analyse data and keep records, track how jobseekers are working and trust them with credit services.
“It is always difficult for informal sector workers to have bank statements as they are mobile and move from job to job. ICTs provide solutions for all kinds of problems,” Martial said.
This shows that all people across various strata of society can benefit from ICTs whether they work in the formal and informal sectors. By connecting employers to highly recommended handymen on the Hello Job platform, specific tasks and fixtures can be done within no time.
“With the $2500 fund, I will be able to market the app to expand our audience so that it gains momentum,” he said.
Martial who started building the application in 2016 explains that the various cooperatives that work with handymen can upload the profiles of their workers online through Hello Job’s registration page. This allows potential employers who wish to hire from the Hello Job platform to pay a fee so that they can get connected to the workers they seek and pay them after the job is done.
The all inclusive app is accessible on both web and android applications. Their USSD web portal allows the handymen to register their profile details so that they can receive SMS notifications once they have a job. The app can be freely downloadable by employers who own smartphones.
KLab organised the #DataHacks4Fi competition in Rwanda that is among eight countries—Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, Mozambique, Ghana and Zambia, running the competition across Africa. The top three teams in each country will meet to compete at the grand finale set to happen at the upcoming #TransformAfrica2017 Summit that will be held from 10th to 12th May, 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda.