Kenyan startup KejaHunt, a mobile and web application that helps users find houses without engaging agents, has launched an on-demand moving service that connects movers with drivers and packers.
Launched in 2014, KejaHunt allows users to search for houses in specific areas of the Kenyan capital, with the platform then connecting them with viable options within their price range.
The startup raised funding from Nairobi-based incubator Nailab in November of last year to improve its platform and acquire more customers, and that has led to the launch of Kejamove, a service that connects movers with vetted drivers, packers and material for moving house.
KejaHunt chief executive officer (CEO) Joshua Mutua told Disrupt Africa the service has launched in stealth in February, and served more than 100 customers since then. This has been growing at 15 per cent month-on-month, with KejaHunt customers getting 30 per cent off their moving quotes.
“We discovered that our customers were having problems finding a reliable and cost-friendly moving service after we had found them houses,” Mutua said.
“The existing alternatives were either too expensive for them – as our clientele are majorly middle income earners – or did not take good care of their household items to avoid breakages and loss.”
Kejamove is designed to fill this gap, with users only needing to log into the platform and select their location to access moving personnel. They are sent a quote and can pay through M-Pesa.
“We then use our technology to notify drivers and loaders who have signed up on the platform of the job, after which they can accept the job parameters on a first come, first served basis,” Mutua said.
“On the move date, the driver and loaders visit the clients premises, pack, wrap and load their items onto the truck, and transport them to the destination house. They then proceed to unpack and arrange the house to the client’s liking.”