The twenty-first century came with its unique disruptions, with technology taking centre stage. But the COVID-19 pandemic is to date the biggest unexpected occurrence. The effects of this pandemic will last for a very long.
On one hand, COVID-19 negatively affected every aspect of life; deaths in millions, jobs lost in millions, and global stress and anxiety among others.
On the other hand, it ushered in the new normal – scripted around technology; digital payments, e-commerce, e-health, e-education and e-parties among others.
In Africa, visionaries used COVID-19 as a springboard to ideate, develop and roll out both time and lifesaving innovations.
Tanzania-based Quickii Enterprises Group Limited is one of the pacesetters in East Africa, running two financial inclusion solutions, namely; Quickii and QuickiiPay.
“Quickii is an application which deals with delivery services and taxi bookings. Quickii is not just a ride; it is a ride-hailing experience. Whether you are commuting or exploring the city, our super app redefines convenience and reliability,” Alphonce Japhet Malambi, the Founder and CEO of Quickii Enterprises Group Limited said, adding;
“On the other hand, QuickiiPay is the mobile platform that deals with money transfers and currency exchange. QuickiiPay is where financial freedom meets simplicity. As a comprehensive FinTech App, we offer a suite of services including money transfer, currency exchange, invoice payment, a dynamic payment link generator, a robust payment gateway, and an advanced escrow payment system.”
Quickii Enterprises boasts over 2,000 service providers on its platform who serve more than 5,000 unique customers every month.
According to Malambi, the main challenge his company faces is the government’s perception that digital financial services come with so much fraud. This he notes further delays the uptake of their service as it erodes trust among end-users.
Quickii Enterprises Group Limited features on Day 13 of the 40 Days 40 FinTechs initiative for Tanzania. First implemented in Uganda, 40 Days 40 FinTechs is an annual FinTech Innovation initiative presented by HiPipo to recognize and celebrate individuals and organizations who are making significant strides in promoting financial inclusivity through the use of technology.
It is aimed at promoting innovation and collaboration among FinTechs in Africa. The initiative is designed to provide FinTechs and startups with mentorship, training, exposure, and networking opportunities to help them grow and scale their businesses.
40 Days 40 FinTechs initiative Tanzania is part of HiPipo’s broader Include EveryOne Program that is generously supported by the Gates Foundation and implemented in partnership with Level One Project, ICTC Tanzania, Ideation Corner, Cyber PLC Academy, INFITX, NG Films, Founders Academy and Mojaloop Foundation.
The Include EveryOne program is a beacon of acceleration of FinTech Innovation, empowerment for Women in FinTech and a catalyst for investment and development in the ICT sector. Minus 40 Days 40 FinTechs, other initiatives under the Include EveryOne Program are the FinTech Landscape Exhibition, Women in FinTech Hackathon, Summit and Incubator, Digital Impact Awards Africa and the Digital and Financial Inclusion Summit. HiPipo is recognized as a premier advocate of digital Innovation and financial inclusion champion, a fervent proponent of the #LevelOneProject. HiPipo has been at the forefront, actively promoting digital innovation, Instant, Inclusive Payment Systems (IIPS), and DFS across Africa. With a legacy of advising, mobilizing, and facilitating the adoption of inclusive financial services, HiPipo’s efforts have been nothing short of transformative! For almost two decades, HiPipo has successfully facilitated the inclusive adoption of these crucial services.