RapidSMS is an open source SMS data collection platform that has been used in projects around the world. From child registries to the monitoring of medical supplies, RapidSMS helps organizations leverage mobile phones to collect data from the field both quickly and cost effectively.
Nyaruka works hand in hand with UNICEF to continually expand on the capabilities of RapidSMS. Our Open Source XForms Library allows implementers to quickly prototype data collection systems without writing any code.
We continue to work closely with the UNICEF team in Uganda to help foster the growth and adoption of the platform and are honored to share in its exciting future.
Sustainable and transparent enterprises generate jobs and income opportunities for farmers, families and communities. Increased transparency helps cooperatives qualify for international coffee standards, helping farmers earn more for every kilogram of coffee picked.
We worked with TechnoServe to create an SMS-enabled transparency portal for coffee farmers across Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda. Consumers and exporters alike can openly view the performance of coffee cooperatives, rewarding those that operate with respect for their producers, workers and the environment.
BRINGING LIGHT TO THE PEOPLE
Nuru East Africa has a bold mission to replace kerosene as an off-grid lighting source for the world’s poor.
Through the use of an innovative lighting system powered by pedal-generators and an
award winning business model, they not only bring healthier, cheaper lighting to communities but also help create new jobs.
In order to effectively loan products to Nuru's entrepreneurs, Nyaruka built a system which allows for payments to be easily made using mobile money.This allows the entrepreneurs to activate their Nuru products and pay off their loans remotely, an innovation that won the 2011 CIO Award for Energy.
Nyaruka also helped business operations by building a custom inventory management system utilizing Android phones as intelligent bar code scanners.
The Minister of Health, Honorable Agnes Binagwaho, is blazing a trail of government transparency and accessibility in Rwanda. Every other Monday she hosts an online discussion centered around a topic concerning public health. When we approached the Minister, her discussions were successfully reaching many Rwandans using Twitter, but we wanted to extend that conversation to those without internet access, including those in rural areas. In cooperation with #MinisterMondays, we launched Nyaruka Listen, a web platform for sharing SMS conversations publicly.
In her own words, Dr. Agnes shared that “Nyaruka moved fast to design a superb web platform where I can receive, respond to, and publicly display SMS messages.”
Radio is enormously popular in Africa and text messaging grows every year as a form of communication. TRAC FM marries the best attributes of both to give the public a voice. By engaging the community in a structured public debate and then sharing the results with government officials and media outlets, TRAC FM provides a public platform for positive change.
Nyaruka built a robust SMS polling application being used on radio stations across East-Africa with over 100,000 participants. Radio hosts easily create polls and view the responses in real time.
SMS gives everybody with a mobile phone a voice, with the power of radio, TracFM amplifies it.