Saw this really inspiring business initiative in Kenya called “EcoPost”.
EcoPost uses 100 % recycled plastics to make aesthetic, durable and environmentally friendly plastic lumber for use in applications ranging from fencing to landscaping.
By starting this business they are actually tackling issues that in the context of Kenya are quite important such as plastic pollution, urban waste management and deforestation. As a business, they are able to create employment and also at the same time because of the sustainable way they are proceeding, they are actually doing their small part to create an environmentally friendly Kenya.
Check the infographic and also the web link to see a detailed report on how useful APIs are between mobile operators and start-ups in emerging markets.
According to the article on GSMA website, there are around 15,000 APIs, with 40 new ones created every week. Salesforce already generates 50 per cent of its revenues via APIs, eBay generates 60 per cent, and Expedia 90 per cent. Welcome to the new API economy.
An API, or Application Programming Interface, is what allows software programs to “talk” to one another and reach a broader audience. APIs are what allow you to share a news article on LinkedIn or send your location on WhatsApp using your smartphone. APIs are also what allow a farmer in Senegal to check crop prices via SMS (MLouma) or a student in the Philippines to pay for their bus ride using their mobile airtime credit (Bustayo) . Services like these are powered by the APIs of local mobile operators.
If you want to directly read the report, it is in pdf format here.