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Official RAMP Blog

Is Nigerian’s RAMP trying to Solve Kenya’s Nyumba Kumi Challenge?
November 15th, 2013 3:46 am

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DEMO Africa 2013 gave RAMP a lot of media leverage and exposure, Interstingly RAMP is also exploring the Kenya tech space with the deployment of RAMP.co.ke. Here is a great article below originally published in leading Kenyan tech & business platform, 140Friday.
 
http://140friday.com/why-kenyan-residents-are-attracting-nigerias-ramp/
 
Nigerian based startup WebRelated Consulting could roll out its RAMP services in Kenya before it does so in Nigeria.
 
RAMP- Residents Association Management Portal- is a web app that was developed to cater for residents and neighbourhood associations of gated communities in Nigeria. It seeks to improve accountability by simplifying the management of the resident associations through automation of basic processes.
 
Speaking to 140friday, C.E.O Babatunde Aguda said that Kenya’s resident organizations are much more organized than those in Nigeria and therefore from a business point of view it would make a lot of sense to first roll RAMP in Kenya.
 
One major business opportunity in Kenya for RAMP would be the government’s (know your neigbour) Nyumba Kumi initiative that seeks to improve security in the country, and RAMP could fit into this model very well as it enables a Resident Association efficiently manage its membership data, create and manage its own website, send bulk SMS and email notifications to members as well as receive payments online.
 
Babatunde said that they have already received some investor interest on the Kenyan hybrid (www.RAMP.co.ke), which is currently in the BETA stage of testing.
 
Babatunde explained, “When we were shortlisted for Demo Africa 2013 I begun looking at the possibilities of trying out RAMP in Kenya, I discovered KARA and I was impressed, I was like wow this solves the problem.”
 
KARA is the Kenya Alliance of Resident Association with a membership of over 100 resident associations countrywide.
 
“So if we could have a partnership with KARA, KARA provides the details or information, it doesn’t have to be mandatory but they can advise their members to use RAMP or KARA themselves can use it.”
 
Babatunde is yet to approach KARA as the startup needs funding before it can fully launch the service. RAMP has bootstrapped upto $5,000 and they were at Demo Africa looking for an additional 200,000$ .
 
“Financing is a major factor, I’m trying to be very polite and not say that I need money so I’m saying that we need partnerships. There are still a lot of things that need sorting out.”
 
Babatunde said he plans to be back in Kenya next month to talk investment if some of the deals they’re working on pan out.
 
“As it stands with what we are looking at, Kenya might actually trigger Nigeria off, so yes we might launch it in Kenya before Naija,” Babatunde concluded.
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