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Taffuta directory app wants to connect SMEs to their customers directly

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Taffuta app, a new business directory aims to allow individuals and small businesses to connect directly to increase their sales leads and serve their customers in Kenya.

Taffuta, which is more of Mocality, is not the first such platform to launch (and die) in Kenya. There has been Tafuta.biz, MyFinda, among others and whether it survives or not is not a question of today. The only challenge is that directories might not be businesses to launch in 2019 as firms have websites and know a thing or two about SEO.

According to Harsh Savalkar the App developer based in Kisumu County, the era of middleman and commission agents suffocating SMEs out of business by making it more difficult to make profit from the already troubled sector will be a thing of the past once they download the app on their Smartphones   

“If you are a carpenter or a farmer or small shop keeper regardless of your business size, you will able to register your business on TAFFUTA at no cost and upload photos of your products, interestingly you will be able to get notification every time someone is looking for the same products on the app, which will enable you to reach out to such customers spontaneously and execute business”, he explained.

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The App which has already attracted over 4000 downloads since its inception aim to create a similar eco-system for both customers and entrepreneurs to network directly and transact business across the country by a click of a button on their Smartphones.

He said app users will find it easy to get any service or product in any town and also be able to see reviews of other customers about the products and get options of choosing from different businesses.

Currently Smartphone penetration in Kenya has grown tenth fold to more than 60 per cent of the population over the past five years and Taffuta App plans to tap into this rising population of Smartphone users to build a robust brand in a bid to stay ahead of competition in the market.

Tafutta will be banking on both the smartphone and internet penetration to help SMEs, which create up to 80 percent of the country’s employment to enable customers to directly interact with entrepreneurs when transacting business.


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Digital lenders waive late repayment fees for customers – KBC

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The association is composed of 12 founding members among them; Tala, Alternative Circle, Stawika Capital, Zenka Finance, MyCredit, Okolea, LPesa, Kopacent, Four Kings Investment T/A Sotiwa, Mobile Financial Solutions (MFS), Kuwazo Capital, and Finance Plan Ltd.

Members of the Digital Lenders Association (DLAK) have waived the late repayment fees as part of the measures to support customers during this time of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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DLAK, which represents 17 major digital lenders in the country, said the lenders agreed to the decision in a bid to cushion the customers who were under distress, following the slowdown in the economy after disruptions to their day to day operations that could have had an effect on regular income flow.

In a press statement sent to newsrooms, the association advised customers to seek more detailed information on the specific aspects of the waiver from their respective providers.

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The Association said it supports the Presidents’ directive on the temporary suspension of the listing with Credit Reference Bureaus of any person, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and corporate entities whose loan account falls overdue or is in arrears, effective 1st April 2020.

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How To Host A Netflix Party With Your Friends

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After the outbreak of novel Coronavirus, most of us are stuck at homes practising social distancing.

At this time many of us miss the group activities we use to like going for hanging out, watching movies with friends etc.

But now Netflix has introduced Netflix party, a new way through which you can watch Netflix together. Do you want to know how? Netflix Party is a Chrome extension that allows you to chat and watch Netflix with your friends online at the same time.

You just need to log in and share a viewing link with friends, once your chosen show plays out in the bulk of the screen, a chatroom pops up on the right-hand side.

Here is a step by step guide you can follow to use Netflix Party and watch Netflix together. But before you go for it remember it will only be available on Chrome browsers that too just on desktop, computers or laptop.

How to use Netflix Party: A complete guide

Follow the below-given steps to use Netflix Party.

Step 1: First you need to install the Netflix Party

  • To install Netflix Party, you first need to visit nextflixparty.com
  • After that, you can click on Get Netflix party for free or Install Netflix Party
  • It will redirect you to the Chrome Web Store, click Add to Chrome to finish installing Netflix Party.

Step 2: Open a Video in Netflix

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  • Now open a new tab and login to your Netflix account by entering the required details
  • Now choose any show you would like to watch.

Step 3: Create your party

  • You can create your party, click on the red NP icon located next to the address bar.
  • After that click Start Party to get the party started, and share the party URL to people you want to have the party with

Users can simply tap on the link to join the party.

How to join a Netflix Party

You can join a party just by clicking on the party URL, which will redirect you to Netflix’s website. Then click on the NP button next to the address bar, and you will automatically join the party.

You need to choose one person who will have the control can pause, play, forward the ongoing movie. You can join over 1,000,000 people and use Netflix Party to link up with friends and host long-distance movie nights and TV watch parties.

 


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Do’s And Don’ts Of Video Conferencing While Working At Home

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Do’s and don’t of video conferencing while working at home.

While you’re working from home, you will probably have a lot of video meetings and some companies prefer to see your face while you’re on. It’s easy to get rid of etiquette when doing video conferences but how you conduct yourself while you’re doing videos really matter.

Here are do’s and don’t of video conferencing.

1. Be punctual 

Be punctual and introduce yourself before speaking so that everyone knows who’s talking and can address you by name. Take note of the other speakers so that you can also address them by name. Lastly, turn off the sounds on your smart phone and absolutely no texting.

2. Make sure everyone can hear you

A audio check should be done before the virtual meeting begins to ensure that everyone can hear you. Know your material – uncertainty will cause you to mumble. Speak naturally but slowly and pronunciate each word.

3. You don’t need to scream

Avoid screaming. If someone can’t hear you, then adjust the level on the microphone and make sure it’s not covered by your clothing or something else. Yelling will cause viewers to turn down their volume and potentially miss what you have to say.

4. Do keep your body movement minimal

Don’t interrupt people while they are speaking. Wait for an opening in the conversation before putting in your two cents. Cutting other speakers off is rude. Another option is posting pending questions by instant message so that every comment is addressed.

5. Maintain eye contact

Keep your focus on the camera. The worst thing is having your audience look at the top of your head because your typing or looking down at notes – or worse – at your Blackberry.

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6. Be present in your meetings

Chances are if you wouldn’t do it in a face-to-face meeting, then you shouldn’t do it in a virtual one. That includes tuning out of the present conversation to talk to someone else sitting next to you, on the phone, in an IM chat, anywhere and anybody not in the current meeting.

7. Dress well

Striped shirts or shirts with intricate patterns do not transmit well on camera, because they are visually distracting. Red, white and black are also poor choices. Go for a pastel or other light colored shirt.

8. It’s never that serious

Relax and have a good time. Be lively, break the ice with a joke, and make viewers laugh. It’s uber easy to tune out in a face-to-face meeting, so imagine how easy it is in a virtual one. The more fun you interject, the more people will stay focused and interested in what you have to say

9. Reduce the noise around you

Your focus should always be on the person or people at the other end of your video conference. Avoid typing on your keyboard, turn off all sounds on your phone, and close yourself into a room with no or minimal background noise.


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