Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Quick Cash App
Explain your idea in details:
According to UNDP and The Gambia Bureau of Statistics report, unemployment in the Gambia stood at 38.4%. This means that one of the major challenges affecting the country is unemployment. However, the job market is saturated primarily because only few Gambians are creating employment through entrepreneurship and there are few long-term jobs. Thus many young people are caught in the youth trap where they cannot earn sufficient income to live their dream lives as they transit to adulthood. In pursuit of this, many youth have travel to Europe illegally, others resort to other unscrupulous activities that is a threat to national development. The Quick Cash App idea is a short-term and temporary job listing app that allows registered job seekers to get different jobs in a day, thus making them earn a living by having access to many jobs within a short time. Jobs such as car wash, laundry, fashion designing, make-ups, house rental agents, decoration, indoor designing, babysitting, electrician, plumber, satellite dish installation and programming, cooks, etc can be listed in the app by a registered member. When a job is posted, ten (10) top job seekers (based on reviews) with that skill would be automatically notified, and once one of them accepts the job the rest can no more reply unless the first person declines the offer. The app is going to intuitively designed to allow the user to use it with little or no guide. Members would have the different options to pay for the platform membership such as mobile money, cash, visa cards, etc. Also when adding the job, user can choose a location, that way only job seekers closer to or within that location can be notified. Once a job is done, user would review the job seeker and add a comment.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The Quick Cash app will create employment opportunities for youths as well as help reduce the rate of dependency, illegal migration and idleness. In its first year of release, the app targets 10,000 members (job seekers) in The Gambia. Each of these members can have, on average, at least three different jobs per day thus, creating about 30,000 jobs per day for young people. The platform would have a back-end system that would keep track of all users, posted jobs, completed jobs, reviews and comments. This would allow the administrator to review and generate reports of usage statistics to help inform decisions on the impact of the app on its users. Job seekers who have very low reviews for three months would be put on suspension and allowed to improve on their skills for a period of six months. After the six months, their account would be activated again. That way, the platform would offer quality services to its members.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The target market is the young people that can move around to get work done within a short period of time. There would be different platform membership plans - Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly. These subscription plans would come with their respective fees. Once a job seeker pays, he or she becomes eligible to see posted jobs based on his or her skills. This would be our main source of revenue. We would also be seeking for grants to make the platform free for job seekers for the first six months or one year. That way, members would have the opportunity to test and appreciate the platform without a fee. We seek to partner with youth empowerment institutions and skills development centers in The Gambia - National Youth Council, Ministry of Youths and Sports, National Youth Service Scheme, The Gambia Technical Training Institute, etc. This would help raise awareness on the platform. Students will be aware of different employment possibilities rather than just thinking of going to look for permanent employment or long-term jobs after graduation. Our marketing strategy would be mainly digital marketing - Our website, social media, etc. We would also be visiting technical and vocational schools to talk to the students about the platform.
I was born on the 24th of November, 1988. I am the Founder and Lead Software Engineer at Kameko, a software development start-up in The Gambia. Before founding kameko, I had a combined four years experience working with software development companies in The Gambia, Sweden and London. I graduated from The University of The Gambia with a BSc in Computer Science in May, 2013. I am a Young African Leader Initiative (YALI RLC Accra) November, 2017 Fellow. I was selected in November 2017 as part of 50 start-ups from Africa and 50 start-ups from Europe to participate in the EU - Africa Business Forum and Digital Start-up Fair in Abidjan. I am working on launching Ryde Africa, the first taxi app in The Gambia, that allows passengers to request for the closest taxi for pickup. It's an Uber like app developed to suit the African market, considering low internet connectivity and unmapped streets.