Township boy creates SA’s best app for business and will boost black farmers

Township boy creates SA’s best app for business and will boost black farmers

The township of Ekangala has produced a young entrepreneur who recently designed the app that was voted as South Africa’s best.

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Karidas Tshintsholo has developed an amazing app which will provide thousands of local black farmers with many more opportunities.

With the aid of his business partner, Matthew Piper, the pair created the ground-breaking app named, Khula.

Their prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to Silicon Valley, USA.

The main obstacle for local black farmers is the limited amount of produce they can grow – a result of the minimal land and investment available to them.

The big supermarket chains are reluctant to place multiple small orders from various small farmers as it’s much more viable for them to place fewer orders with higher volumes.

Khula bridges this gap by connecting farmers from around the country and enabling them to combine their resources to generate 1 larger, more attractive order for the supermarket chains.

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Tshintsholo sees Khula as 1 big ecosystem linking farmers, warehouses, logistics and clients.

The young entrepreneur showed amazing faith and dedication to the Khula cause – he opted to forego his Actuarial Science degree in favour of focusing on the app's development.

He and Piper have also invested upwards of R300 000 into the project.

The app currently enjoys more than 170 active users but the team are looking for more funding to scale the business across the country.

With their trip to Silicon Valley looming, Khula may just attract a few big foreign investors very soon.

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