Kiteka runs a phone loan programme for female entrepreneurs in Uganda. Unlike generic microloan programmes, we focus on smartphones. The loans allow the women to buy a smartphone in instalments, with the repaid money recycled to future groups of Kiteka women. Owning a smartphone gives important new sources of income for female business owners, from selling airtime and managing mobile money locally to wider roles in the digital economy. Over 80% of Kiteka members see an increase in business profits after just one month of owning the smartphone and over 90% have increased self-confidence and self-esteem. Together, we tackle poverty and the gender gap simultaneously.
Today, Kiteka is creating the first digital outsourcing platform of its kind - all-mobile, and all-female. We work with clients to complete basic digital tasks in a secure, cost-effective and efficient way. Our network can take on a wide range of tasks: from social media procurement for retail brands, to data labelling and cleaning for machine learning or AI. To find out more about how to outsource digital work to the Kiteka network, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groups of between 8 to 12 Kiteka women gather monthly to receive technology and business training, helping them to make the most of their new asset. The women also mentor each other through social channels, sharing ideas and brainstorming business challenges. Kiteka members also have the opportunity to apply for further coaching through the Aspire Foundation and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
Our impact report was commissioned by the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Sciences. We asked 23 Kiteka members about the impact the programme has had on their lives and businesses in Uganda. Read the full report here.