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How UX Technologies turned wooden boards into real jobs

Nikiwe Bikitsha chats to co-founder at UX Technologies, Tiago Coelho about the country’s mobile tech space and becoming the recruitment standard in Mozambique.

With a formal sector of about 700 000 jobs and 13 million labourers, over 12 million workers in Mozambique are seeking employment in the informal sector. Limited to 15 000 copies of newspapers, millions of people were forced to seek employment via this ineffective means. And whilst, wooden boards were another option, UX Technologies sought out to bring about change and to find a solution that involved entry-level feature phones.

If you walk into a city and you see a wooden board on a tree, you don’t necessarily trust the quality of the work or the seriousness of who’s behind that wooden board.

Tiago Coelho, Co-founder of UX Technologies

So how DO you use technology to connect someone that provides some sort of service and somebody that needs that type of service?

The answer was simple to Coelho and his team: build a ‘Trust Economy’ that functioned in a mobile-first economy and that created social impact.

We decided to build a system whereby people could use those very basic phones to register by dialling a short code. And suddenly they’re online!

Tiago Coelho, Co-founder of UX Technologies

UX is now a finalist UX Information Technologies was nominated a finalist for one of the most important competitions for start-ups in the African continent: the African Entrepreneurship Award.

Five years after creating Emprego, UX Technologies are leaders in the tech market with 15 000 daily visits and an app in partnership with Vodacom.

Biscate, UX Technologies' informal job service, was launched in October last year, and has 4 000 registered workers.

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