Looking at how far we at Symbiotic have come with our payment gateway integrations, and the rebuilding of the Zunguka platform from the ground up over the past 12 months, it is only a matter of time, hopefully before year end that we will be in a position to enable a trader in machakos sell his curios to a fella in the big apple just as easy as it will be selling to a lady in Zimmerman just of Thika road, with all aspects of payment and logistics being handled by Zunguka.
Zunguka is swahili for (translated in context) “all around”, meaning Zunguka aims to engage your life in one way or another. For the women’s group in Taita, they will engage the world via Zunguka, at say the digital village that Bwana Paul Kukubo (CEO of the Kenya ICT Board)will set up for them, supported by a savvy trained youth group. The women’s group will set up a soko on Zunguka and advertise to the world, who will purchase directly from the source and the monies will flow down in real-time to the women’s group via multiple interfaces and logistics of product deliver also handled by Zunguka. Think of it as a mash-up of amazon / ebay n paypal…..just without the credit card manenos that won’t pick up in sufficient quantities in my beloved Africa anytime soon.
It is possible, we have done it…and the beauty is it doesn’t require too much dosh to get it off the ground. It’s an excellent time to be alive…an excellent time to be in Africa