US ONLINE STORE IN PACT WITH KENYA’S UCHUMI FOR DIASPORA BUYS
A US virtual on-line store has entered into a pact with Uchumi Supermarkets to allow Kenyans abroad to shop for their friends at home. US-based MamaMike.com makes shopping easy through monthly vouchers. "Our agreement allows people to send assistance back home through shopping vouchers instead of hard cash," Mr Segeni Ng’ethe, a pioneer of MamaMike.com said. Families in Kenya have in the last six months received vouchers worth between Sh2,500 and Sh4,000 from the store’s Nairobi office at Kenwood House, Kimathi Street, he said, adding that the vouchers are valid at any Uchumi store countrywide.
"Uchumi vouchers can be used to provide for your loved ones at home every month, or surprise them on occasions like birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and such holidays as Valentine, Easter and Christmas," said Mr Ng’ethe. The procedure was automated and subscribers received regular updates on the status of their vouchers by e-mail, he said. MamaMike.com was started in 2000 by Mr Ng’ethe and Ms Wachuka Kebuchi. Customers usually pay by credit cards or international money orders for those living outside the US.