mWakili: revolutonising Kenya's legal system
Legal advice frequently ranks among the most expensive professional services available to the general public, but soon this may no longer be the case. Kenya-based mWakili has come up with a clever money-saving way of obtaining legal advice - without involving a lawyer.
Franklin Sagini and Philip Kariuki are the mobile developers behind mWakili; but it's the third member of the team Macrine Mochama, a Kenyan High Court advocate, who provides the crucial legal input. The app provides free legal advice on a range of topics from registering companies and trademarks, through to patenting and will writing.
It's not just consumers who benefit from the service: Kenyan law firms can pay a monthly fee to be listed on the platform. This clever use of advertising provides mWakili with a useful revenue generator and gives welcome exposure to smaller legal outfits.
"The law firms will be marketed well by providing details on what they do, their contacts information and their locations. We will use capital to market the app everywhere to gain a large customer base," explains Sagini.
After developing the business in Kenya, there are plans to expand the model further into East Africa. With so little access to legal information and advice in many African countries, mWakili could soon be guilty of revolutionising legal systems across the continent.