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ABOUT US
We are realising the smartphone opportunity in Africa
CONTEXT
A large segment of the African market either has no access to digital products and services or must incur great cost, both in time and money, to access and pay for them. This is the result of low levels of smartphone and digital payments penetration, culminating of access to the mobile internet and the various forms of value it adds. Ultimately, value is lost on multiple fronts; end consumers are unable to access digital goods and services, businesses providing these goods and services are unable to access a large share of the market and retailers, wholesalers and various other players along the value chain have no market.
SMARTPHONE

To address this, Qwili has developed a hybrid hardware-software product consisting of a smartphone and a digital sales ecosystem. Levels of smartphone penetration in Africa are deceptively low. Since Qwili started in 2020, we discovered that access to reliable smartphones and therefore also the mobile internet is very low, even though some statistics suggest that it is relatively high. A purely digital product looking to access the Sub-Saharan African market is therefore invariably severely constrained by this lack of fundamental "infrastructure". Qwili developed a quality, affordable smartphone to address this gaps for its target user, namely, agents, who use these devices a POS systems.

OPERATING SYSTEM

Qwili also develops an operating system for its devices, of which the central feature is a sales portal (also a downloadable app for non-Qwili phones). Qwili agents use this sales portal to sell value-added services such as airtime, electricity and pay TV subscriptions for a commission. This enables them to generate additional income and it enables the end consumer to access products they otherwise might not have access to or would need to incur a large cost to access with ease.

THE FOUNDING TEAM
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Co-founder/ CEO
MA Economics – Peking University, China
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Co-founder/CSO
MCom Development Finance – UCT, RSA
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Co-founder/ CTO
BSc Mechanical Engineering – UCT, RSA
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Co-founder/ CEO
MA Economics – Peking University, China
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Co-founder/CSO
MCom Development Finance – UCT, RSA
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Co-founder/ CTO
BSc Mechanical Engineering – UCT, RSA
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We are pioneering digital inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa, starting by removing the barriers to smartphone and mobile internet access for sellers of these digital services.

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Home

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About us

For Agents

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Contact

info@qwili.africa

Social

© Copyright Qwili 2022