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SwiftAide is Kenya’s Freelance Market for People looking for labor on demand

by Milicent Atieno
Kenya's SwiftAide matches freelance labor with local demand

SwiftAide is a Kenya-based startup that seeks to provide users access to labor on demand. The site enlists people on a freelance basis, and employer looking to hire temporary services such as household cleaning, delivery, handyman, and any other type of everyday tasks.

The site is optimized to run on mobile devices, something that will appeal to most users most, as smartphones are readily accessible at a moment’s notice compared to traditional desktop computers.

It’s like an Uber for these and many more services,” said Gorge Karimi, the co-founder of SwiftAide during an interview with a section of the media.

SwiftAide began in mid-2017 and came about following the frustration Karimi and his wife faced while searching for a cleaning lady. The duo then decided to start an online platform where users can go peruse through enlisted help and hire labor at a moment’s notice.

Those who enlist their services on SwiftAide need to be vetted through a process that also conducts a background check and verifies their skills and competencies on the job they enlist their services.

It allows people to outsource small jobs and tasks to others in their locality. We are basically tapping into the opportunities that exist in the informal sector, bearing in mind it controls like 70% of the job market in Kenya,” adds Karimi

“Plus, people are demanding the freedom of flexible work environments. SwiftAide seeks to become a lifeline for the unemployed workforce. It wants to create an on-tap workforce without sacrificing the stability and benefits of traditional employment. The modern economy is evolving beyond the constraints of traditional work models.

SwiftAide gives you a level of autonomy that was once considered too good to be true. Instead of working nine-to-five for a single employer, you can leverage the advantages of the gig economy to make earning money more relaxed and enjoyable.”

Unlike most startups in Africa, SwiftAide is self-funded and is not seeking to raise any capital. Well, that is at least until it improves its app’s user experience, but it is currently registering decent traction. Currently, there are about 300 enlisted freelancers, and at least 500 clients.

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