From 1,000 to 45,000 Registered Workers across Mozambique
Frederico Peres da Silva’s Uncharted business prototype, Biscate, won $50,000 in the 2016 African Entrepreneurship Award. Biscate provides employment opportunities for thousands of informal workers throughout Mozambique. Since applying to the Award in 2016, Biscate, or “odd-job” in Portuguese, has grown from 1,000 to 44,588 registered workers, spanning 100% of Mozambique’s provinces. And, as of June 2017, the platform included 26,597 customers, with nearly 80,000 contacts between workers and customers.
Driven by Market Demand
The informal sector drives the majority of Mozambique’s economy. Biscate unleashes the economic power of the informal sector because Frederico says it “allows handymen to register on an online platform through their mobile phones and advertise their services to potential customers – the UBER for informal workers.” Biscate offers an opportunity for laborers to competitively market their skills and it positively impacts Mozambique’s “widespread challenge of low employment and income opportunities.”