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Building a Resilient Business Amidst a Pandemic

How a Young Female Entrepreneur from Africa is Keeping a Business Afloat During the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Sarah Lebu, and two other Mastercard Foundation Scholars Kwinoja Kapiteni (Tanzania) and Chidi Uwaeme (Nigeria) formed KaziTu, an online job-matching platform, to help hiring companies find reliable talent, fast and easily. But when COVID-19 hit, KaziTu took a hit. As a young business owner, navigating an unprecedented global pandemic, Sarah and her team during weekly team meetings via WhatsApp brainstormed finding new ways to adapt. Read more

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KaziTu_Co-founders: From left to right: Mastercard Foundation Scholars Sarah Lebu (Kenyan), Kwinoja Kapiteni (Tanzanian), and Chidi Uwaeme (Nigerian) during a graduation ceremony at the University of California Berkeley in 2019.


KaziTu_delivery: Moses Ayiga, poses after completing a delivery of hygiene and care packages to residents of Kangemi, Nairobi.

KaziTu adapted their online platform to provide an e-commerce interface that enabled households to purchase affordable hygiene packages. Once a request was made for a delivery, the platform automatically matched a KaziTu worker who lived in the area to complete the delivery.


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