Kenya-based mobile e-learning startup Eneza Education (Swahili for Spread Education) has secured financing from the country’s leading telecom company Safaricom. The funds were secured through Safaricom’s Spark Venture Fund program.
Eneza says the funds will go towards expanding its services to the market; it currently has some one million learners enrolled.
“We believe in the power of the mobile phone in extending access to learners so they can realize their full potential,” said Eneza Education CEO, Kago Kagichiri. “The additional investment will go a long way in enabling us reach more learners in countries where we already operate in, and in expanding to more countries.”
Eneza plans to launch in countries such as Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Malawi, Liberia, and even Iraq. The Safaricom funding is part of an existing partnership between the telecom and the startup; Eneza developed the Shupavu 291 app for Safaricom. A mobile app operating via SMS to serve learners with education learning materials.
The Shupavu 291 app can be used even on the simplest of the feature phones, as it is SMS-based. It provides students real-time course work, interactive lessons, and …read more