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How Creatives in Mathare are Monetizing their Art on Moja

July 14th, 2021 by

Beneath its ruggedly harsh exterior, Mathare Valley boasts  a vibrant and creative pool of young talent. Using basic tools like smartphones, these dancers, musicians, actors and comedians create and post  content on social media hoping to become famous. They understand that with fame comes an opportunity to earn more money and a bigger platform to […]

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Digitizing Mathare Valley With Africa’s Largest Mesh Network

June 30th, 2021 by

By Nivi Sharma & Loyce Chole Mathare Valley is one of the oldest, poorest, most densely populated slums in the world. Despite having over 60,000 people living per km2 (in contrast to the national average of 82 persons per km2), many people in Kenya are not aware of the poor living conditions in the region. […]

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5 Business Lessons from Riding a Motorcycle in Nairobi

May 14th, 2020 by

I got my first motorcycle when I was 16 and started to ride the streets of Nairobi.  Fortunately, we had fewer cars on the road back in the early ‘90s. I started to understand the way to see and think when dealing with the odd assortment of experiences you face on Kenyan streets.  Today, I […]

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Future Thinking in a Time of Chaos

May 7th, 2020 by

Future thinking is a challenging exercise even in the most stable of times.  What is going to be important to society in 10 years? Imagine being the gig-economy visioneers like Uber and Airbnb getting sneered at back in 2010.  On the scary side, think of what it must be like to be an oil-dependent economy […]

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Working in the Field During Coronavirus

April 24th, 2020 by

BRCK’s field team plays an essential role in keeping Moja WiFi up and running and our customers happy and online. On most days, we’re spread out across different cities and towns, providing maintenance to our equipment in matatus and at fixed sites. We are continuously problem solving as unexpected challenges arise. We are used to […]

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Rwanda: Connectivity Challenges in a Coronavirus Lockdown

April 17th, 2020 by

BRCK has successfully run its Moja Wi-Fi platform on public buses in Kigali, Rwanda for just under two years now. Moja, delivered through our SupaBRCK, has been deployed in about 300 buses in partnership with a local Rwanda ICT group that specializes in smart and interactive IT solutions for the transport sector. The service, providing […]

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The Affordability Barrier: Moja in Numbers

April 3rd, 2020 by

BRCK started Moja Free Wi-Fi because we saw that people had trouble connecting to the internet — and this was often due to an affordability barrier, along with an accessibility barrier. Specifically in the African context, we have observed for some time that, despite significant mobile phone penetration, people are still struggling to pay for […]

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Bridging the Digital Divide to Flatten the African Curve

March 24th, 2020 by

BRCK’s Moja network covers 2 million people and has 8 million+ sessions per month, making it one of the largest public WiFi networks on the continent.  With that kind of reach, we realized we could do something to help spread the information that’s so necessary during this crisis in order to flatten the African curve. […]

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Internet in the Time of Coronavirus

March 19th, 2020 by

The world shifted last week, and a new reality sits in front of us. We always paid lip-service to how important the internet was when everything was normal. We’ve all just realized it’s absolutely critical when things go upside down at a global level. “There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where […]

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A Tribute to the Women of BRCK

March 9th, 2020 by

I’m here seated at my corner and, whenever I put my head up and look around, I see her.  As I walk around to get a cup of coffee, she is there looking beautiful and sophisticated. She is everywhere, like the wind or the air that we breathe. I go to have lunch at Friends […]

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