Covid-19 boosts uptake of digital technologies in Africa

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Covid-19 boosts uptake of digital technologies in Africa
Covid-19 boosts uptake of digital technologies in Africa

Africa-Press – Mauritius. A roadside trader in Kenya’s jua kali (“hot sun”) informal sector goes onto her mobile phone before dawn to borrow working capital using the M-Shwari app to pay suppliers for the goods she will sell that day.

She may go for a microloan of between KSh3,000 and KSh9,000 ($27-$81), and usually repays the same day or within 48 hours to build her creditworthiness.

The working capital helps grow her micro-business.

The Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating the arrival of the future in Africa.

Digital services are critical for lockdowns and working from home, leading to a huge surge in data traffic, especially through mobile networks that offer millions of Africans access to the internet.

According to The Mobile Economy Sub-Saharan Africa report

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