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founder story: how a close real estate swindle call led to the creation of a real ESTATE digital DIRECTORY

Francis Karwigi founder at Manyumba

Francis was almost conned while looking for a rental in Nairobi and noticed that many people were getting duped daily, whether in seeking rentals, buying land, or even houses. Before he got the rental he desired, he spent a lot of time on the search physically moving around which was tiresome, time-consuming, and expensive. Thus the idea for Manyumba, a digital real estate directory was born. (www.manyumba.co.ke)

Through the platform, realtors list properties they are selling or letting and Manyumba provides a real estate management system for efficient and hustle-free property management. Through this, they reduce the hustle and bustle of acquiring real estate for tenants and home buyers. They also authenticate all the properties listed and managed on the platform and do comprehensive due diligence on both the property and the property agent and landlord before onboarding them. 

Interestingly, the Manyumba business motto is ‘a satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all’. Francis credits the growth of his business and brand to providing value and fostering a positive customer experience. “By staying adaptable and willing to make changes, early-stage founders can set themselves up for long-term success,” Francis adds.

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