Kenyan entrepreneur, Luke Kizito has created an “assistALL” app that will help deaf people connect to the digital world.
Kizito has created assistALL, a mobile sign language interpreting app to facilitate one-click communication between deaf people and businesses, banks, employers and hospitals, Business Day reported.
“It (assitALL) is a combination of the words ‘support platform for all’ because it connects sign language interpreters with businesses, employers, banks, hospitals, among others, when serving the deaf,” Kizito said.
The platform operates on per-second billing in which users can deposit money into interpreters’ wallets using M-Pesa, Visa or PayPal before virtually receiving interpreting services.
“The interpreter downloads the app when on the data, selects the language and country, saves the details to create a profile and specialization (area good for your interpreting),” he added.
Kizito explained that a video call will be generated where interpreters will sign for deaf and voice users. At the end of the call, the interpreters are paid the equivalent of the time spent on the call.
The app is available for most Android devices.
So far, the company has seven people working directly on the project and wants to expand to 500 performers, she says.
“And also the cost is very low, as low as Sh30 ($0.26) or GHS2 per minute and an interpreter can serve many deaf people from the comfort of his home,” Kizito said of the platform. -form.
“For assistALL plans to expand in Africa and beyond and also develop a module for the visually impaired,” he said.
The project has so far received funding from the United Nations Development Program in Kenya (UNDP-K) under the Disability Innovation Challenge as well as funding from the Innovation Fund of the GSMA.
Kizito also owns Signs Media Kenya Limited with Signs TV, a television channel that broadcasts in sign language.