Entrepreneurs Develop App that helps Curb kidnappings in DR Congo

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Two women entrepreneurs in the Democratic Republic of Congo have founded a mobile app that helps keep taxi users safe.

Ursula Ndombele and Magalie Bueyasadila founded ‘Hoja app’ that helps people get information about their driver.

The users scan the a QR code poster on the taxi to get all information about their ride.

A third of Kinshasa drivers have signed up and they say “its good for business as clients trust them more.”

Kidnappings in taxis are common in Kinshasa.

Police say there up to five incidents every week but the last month has seen a decline to only five incidents the whole month.

The Hoja app founders hope to expand presence to other Africa cities.




BBC/Shakirat Sadiq

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