The Agence Française de Développement (FDA) has partnered with Kandua the South African home services marketplace startup, which brings skilled local artisans into the formal economy.
According to Ventureburn, the new partnership aspires to solve the unemployment dilemma facing artisans across the country. Kandua was established in 2014 as an online marketplace providing home-based services. The startups’ platform has thus far vetted 10,000 SMEs and other independent people in over 100 service sectors ranging from building, maintenance, plumbing, and repair services.
Kandua has facilitated over R200-million in work opportunities to date, figures that were backed by Arjun Khoosal, the co-founder and CTO. He goes further to reveal how they founded the startup to link those with skills to where they can earn from it through the Kandua platform.
Open sector transparency via Kandua Fixed Price
Top on the agenda of Kandua, is to unveil the Kandua Fixed Price. This helps create transparency in an informal sector that is often shrouded in mystery on cost and pricing. Payment is facilitated through a secure escrow system until the customer expresses satisfaction in the quality of service rendered.
Kandua recently partnered with French hardware and DIY retailer Leroy Merlin to offer their shoppers installation services (should they require) if they make in-store payments. The payment is conveyed to a certified Kandua contractor.
In June, the company teamed with Singapore-based Disinfection2U to bring a commercial vehicle disinfection vehicle service to South Africa.
Kandua’s successful run
It is worth noting that Arjun Khoosal, made it to the top 50 shortlisted finalists at the Alibaba powered Africa’s Business Heroes Competition.
More on the partnership between Kandua and FDA on Ventureburn.