Online marketplace to buy and sell handcrafted products
Founded in 2015, iShippo is an online marketplace to buy and sell handcrafted products. To reduce the intermediaries and increase the gains both of consumers and weavers by promoting handloom products through digital marketing mediums, iShippo is building a global community of artisans, craftsmen, SHG, NGO with integrated order management, ePayment and logistics to ensure quick & efficient delivery of products to its customers.
iShippo envisions to enable weavers, artisans, craftsmen to be able to showcase their work on this global platform, sell their products, enhance their skills and grow their businesses on their own terms, empower self-help groups so that they emerge to become women entrepreneurs, educate, train and engage them by providing skill building and financial assistance. Artisans that need help with skill development will be provided training through our partners.
Dedicated to creating a unique interpretation of age old crafts, iShippo has partnered with artisanal communities, textile designers, independent artists (and the occasional maverick) to showcase a new, contemporary design language that comes from India and belongs everywhere on the globe.
iShippo app claims to include advanced features like ability to choose the mode of payments, chat window between the buyer and sellers(artisans) while shopping, filter search with the choice of rating, priceing, popularity and new arrivals, read reviews, get personalized alerts and notifications. iShippo also provides product suggestions and recommendations based on a user’s shopping history. Users can add products to the iShippo wishlist and later buy at convenience, view recently browsed products and their details even without any internet access, share and recommend products through facebook, twitter or email. Initially, Users can earn referral points by inviting people in their networks to download the app and get discounts.
Users can buy handmade products and support a community of artisans, craftsmen and designers and earn “KARMA POINTS”. iShippo is creating a platform to help sellers and buyers collaborate, share and grow with new ideas and innovations. It has also filed a patent titles “ “INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS FOR E‐COMMERCE”
Sri Lanka’s District Nutrition Monitoring System lets Public health midqives collect realtime data on child malnutrition
Supported by the World Health Organisation, in October 2014, District Nutrition Monitoring System (DNMS) was launched as a national public health information system to facilitate multi sector nutrition action plan of the National Nutrition Secretariat, functioning under Presidential Secretariat.
The main aim of the project is to collect data of children with malnutrition at grass root level, monitoring nutritional level periodically and to identify household risk factors. Due to a poor public health sector in Sri Lanka, DNMS targets the grass root level health workers (PHMs) who are generally less competent in information technology to accurately and efficiently produce data.
DNMS has both mobile and web based interfaces. Public health midwives (PHMs) use the Android based mobile application to collect data on children with malnutrition at field level which is transmitted to a centralised server. Medical Officer of Health (MOH) and other field level data managers can access and validate the data entered by PHMs using the web interface. In addition to data capture, the Android application supports real time data validations, longitudinal data charting through trilingual interfaces. The central data warehouse is based on a customized instance of free and open source health management information system, DHIS2. Extensive on site, in service training is provided to field level health workers.
DHIS2 web API has been utilized for data exchange promoting interoperability with other government stakeholders concerned with nutrition for first time in Sri Lanka. The application has trilingual interfaces to enable better access and interactions of all public health midwives. Familiar interfaces of child health development record and paper based forms have been used to enhance interactivity of midwives. Automated validation with color coding and longitudinal charting are value addition to facilitate routine work of PHMs. Built in analytics with integrated dashboards support better compliance and interactivity with medical officers of health.
The validated data is analysed at district and national for the decision making in enhancing nutritional status of the affected children and hence the nation.
Launched in 2016, Katha is a mobile application that democratises audio content creation and audio messaging by enabling easy and fast voice communication. Katha allows users to send and receive audio messages, poscasts and communicate with subscribers by discovering and following channels and users. It aims to become the go-to audio platform by making it simple to create and distribute free and revenue based content, building audio focused features, enabling social discovery features for listeners, bringing fast & secure, instant audio communication to the masses, creating & bringing onboard unique & useful content.
Katha lets users record their message and send it to their subscribers, subscribe to channels, create channels to receive interesting audio content recorded by media, research, news companies and other interesting users and individuals. Users can monetize their content with paid subscriptions. Brands can get their channels verified on Katha which allows them to share longer audio clips, create special channels to handle question & answer (Q & A) scenarios and charge a monthly subscription fee from their subscribers. Channels marked as Q & A allow users to submit their questions at the touch of a button and receive answers as private messages. Such channels offer a quick and easy way to consult an expert via the app. Both content sharing and Q & A channels are turned into revenue streams for the content creators by setting a monthly subscription fee for subscribers to enjoy their services. Payments are processed via the in-app purchasing APIs of app stores allowing Katha to collect micropayments from a potential audience spread anywhere across the globe securely and with minimal hassle. Katha also offers a paid secure communication tool for corporate communications.
With its innovative technology, revenue model and seamless user experience, Katha is one of the first angel funded mobile startups in Sri Lanka. The mobile application is available for download from Google Play Store and Apple Store. It has been listed at number 80 in Top Free Communication in Google Play store and number 14 in Top Free Entertainment in Apple Store.