The NYU-Accra-mPawa-AbuDhabi Connection
mPawa, currently operating in Ghana and Kenya is one of 13 start-ups from the MEST Incubator; they provide a mobile job matching app for Africa's blue-collar recruitment sector. The team recently welcomed a new intern- Zhao Julia Xu from Abu Dhabi! I sat with Julia to find out a little bit more about her interests: Why Africa/Ghana, why tech? and why mPawa? Hopefully this inspires you especially about the endless list opportunities and potential ahead for the continent. Enjoy!
AB: Can you briefly tell me about your background?
ZJX: I am a Chinese-American in my third year at New York University Abu Dhabi. I am majoring in economics but I have a passion for sociology, development, programming, and music. I am a classical violinist and my favorite tennis player is Marion Bartoli. I deeply admire Ellen Johnson Sirleaf because I see in her much of the toughness and energy of my mother, and Malcolm X for his visionary leadership.
More about mPawa
mPawa at DEMO Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.
mPawa is a job matching service developed by Innokiq. mPawa supports the posting of jobs and the onwards notification to blue collar workers in Africa. The overall idea is to bridge the gap that exists in the current blue collar recruitment space; i.e. having a more centralized system for blue collar workers and enabling employers easily reach them.
mPawa is free for workers. By registering online or via SMS, workers are good to go to receive job notifications whenever prospective employers require the workers' skill sets. mPawa on twitter: @mPawa_Africa
Interested in interning with a MEST Incubator Company? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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