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MASENO STUDENTS CREATE INSURANCE APP

Students at Maseno University have come up with a system that will help you purchase insurance cover right from your phone with the possibility of comparing different insurance covers and choosing one that fits you best.

Geoffrey Gicheha, Cyrus Kiprotich and Simon Wambua, all Computer Science fourth year students at Maseno University started Bima Bora Insurance app project back in 2015.”Our objective is to use Information Technology to bring more inclusion in the financial sector and specifically in the insurance sub-sector,” says Gicheha the team leader.

The team agrees that they found a gap in the market when they realized that a lot of Kenyans still believe that insurance is for the rich and most do not compare different insurance covers before they made a choice. The team, therefore, came up with a product that would make it easier for an average Kenyan to access insurance covers at the convenience of their homes through their phones.

Although they are still working on getting insurance companies on board, they have already developed the system and it is ready in Google Play Store. To use the product, users go to Google Play Store and download the application. After signing up, they can then choose the category of insurance they want from the provided options. The user can also visit their website, www.bimabora.com and follow the same procedure. Kiprotich clarifies that for now, when you select the insurance cover you want, they provide a direct link to the insurance company so that you can purchase the cover directly but are working on a feature that will allow users to buy the insurance cover directly from the application.

By Beth Mugo & Donald Magomere