Tanzania-based domestic services marketplace FixChap has expanded from five to 12 categories. Launched last year, the site helps busy professionals find blue-collar home workers like carpenters, plumbers, and electricians.
The site and app carry ratings and reviews for qualified local handymen. Service providers can quote for jobs on the platform and users can make mobile payments when the job is completed to their satisfaction.
The start-up is a beneficiary of the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s D-LAB Scale-Ups Fellowship where it’s one of six East African start-ups selected to win $20,000 each.
Despite being bootstrapped, FixChap has garnered significant clout with Tanzanians, processing more than 3000 jobs worth more than $35,000 in its first year of operations. The start-up is yet to achieve profitability as revenue is still reinvested to grow other aspects of the business.
In April, FixChap launched the beta version of its Android app in a bid to offer users more convenience and accessibility.
According to co-founder Prince Tillya, FixChap has plans to open a seed round to scale locally very soon. The fund will be deployed in expanding the company’s operations into large cities like Arusha, Mwanza, and Dodoma.
“We also have expansion plans beyond Tanzania. After rolling out to the major local cities we will head for Nairobi, Kampala, and Kigali,” Tillya said.