The two are students at Joyland Special Secondary School in Kisumu County. This is a learning institution founded back in 1974 as a rehabilitation centre by The Salvation Army in Kisumu.
It has seen the likes of Kipkorir and Nyaboke refining their science and technology knowledge.
They are among individuals with physical disability in the society who have decided not to place ‘DIS’, in their ability. They are among young and aspiring scientists in the country who took part and won in Tech category in the exhibitions organised by Young Scientists Kenya supported by BLAZE by Safaricom.
For their brilliance, they got a chance to showcase their invention at the Young Scientists Bootcamp at Moi Girls Nairobi last month.
Their project was informed by their environment, where they realised that cellphones and keyboards are largely inaccessible to their classmates who have mobility impairment.
“Our school has a computer lab and we observed that most of the students who have no limbs don’t choose computer as one of their subjects because of their inability to use the machines. That inspired my colleague and I to come up with a solution that will help those at a disadvantage to use and experience the World Wide Web like everyone else,” said Kipkorir.
They created a computer mouse system designed for people with this impairment that has two parts – food and mercury headphone mouse system. While the food mouth system is designed for people with lower limbs (without the upper), the mercury headphone system is designed for people without limbs.
For the mouse system to work, the individual using it has to ensure the right shoe rests on a very smooth surface like a ceramic tile.
Then you release the right foot on a smooth tile to change the cursor position. Once it points at an icon, use the left click button to open a new task by using the large toe. If you want to right click, shift the large toe to the right click button. Moreover, if you want to type, start the desktop, go to all programs, and will click on accessories and finally the screen keyboard.
If duly marketed, this innovation could go a long way in giving access to a world of information and social interaction to a group of people that have largely been locked out of the information age due to limitations that are beyond their control. 15 per cent of the world population is physically disabled, and seven per cent are limbless.
The aim of their invention is to provide their fellow students with control over external devices and mobility, hence allowing them access to all the benefits that come with access to information. During the bootcamp at Moi Girls, they were guided by Young Scientists Kenya on how to transform their ideas into commercially viable businesses and careers.
The main aim of the bootcamp which had 42 students from different schools was to give Kenyan Secondary school students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) an opportunity to explore their talent as well as help solve problems in the society.
World Bank pushes G-20 to extend debt relief to 2021
World Bank Group President David Malpass has urged the Group of 20 rich countries to extend the time frame of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative(DSSI) through the end of 2021, calling it one of the key factors in strengthening global recovery.
“I urge you to extend the time frame of the DSSI through the end of 2021 and commit to giving the initiative as broad a scope as possible,” said Malpass.
He made these remarks at last week’s virtual G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting.
The World Bank Chief said the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the deepest global recession in decades and what may turn out to be one of the most unequal in terms of impact.
People in developing countries are particularly hard hit by capital outflows, declines in remittances, the collapse of informal labor markets, and social safety nets that are much less robust than in the advanced economies.
For the poorest countries, poverty is rising rapidly, median incomes are falling and growth is deeply negative.
Debt burdens, already unsustainable for many countries, are rising to crisis levels.
“The situation in developing countries is increasingly desperate. Time is short. We need to take action quickly on debt suspension, debt reduction, debt resolution mechanisms and debt transparency,” said Malpass.
Kenya’s Central Bank Drafts New Laws to Regulate Non-Bank Digital Loans
The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) will regulate interest rates charged on mobile loans by digital lending platforms if amendments on the Central bank of Kenya Act pass to law. The amendments will require digital lenders to seek approval from CBK before launching new products or changing interest rates on loans among other charges, just like commercial banks.
“The principal objective of this bill is to amend the Central bank of Kenya Act to regulate the conduct of providers of digital financial products and services,” reads a notice on the bill. “CBK will have an obligation of ensuring that there is fair and non-discriminatory marketplace access to credit.”
According to Business Daily, the legislation will also enable the Central Bank to monitor non-performing loans, capping the limit at not twice the amount of the defaulted loan while protecting consumers from predatory lending by digital loan platforms.
Tighter Reins on Platforms for Mobile Loans
The legislation will boost efforts to protect customers, building upon a previous gazette notice that blocked lenders from blacklisting non-performing loans below Ksh 1000. The CBK also withdrew submissions of unregulated mobile loan platforms into Credit Reference Bureau. The withdrawal came after complaints of misuse over data in the Credit Information Sharing (CIS) System available for lenders.
Last year, Kenya had over 49 platforms providing mobile loans, taking advantage of regulation gaps to charge obscene rates as high as 150% a year. While most platforms allow borrowers to prepay within a month, creditors still pay the full amount plus interest.
Amendments in the CBK Act will help shield consumers from high-interest rates as well as offer transparency on terms of digital loans.
Scope Markets Kenya customers to have instant access to global financial markets
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 20 – Clients trading through the Scope Markets Kenya trading platform will get instant access to global financial markets and wider investment options.
This follows the launch of a new Scope Markets app, available on both the Google PlayStore and IOS Apple Store.
The Scope Markets app offers clients over 500 investment opportunities across global financial markets.
The Scope Markets app has a brand new user interface that is very user friendly, following feedback from customers.
The application offers real-time quotes; newsfeeds; research facilities, and a chat feature which enables a customer to make direct contact with the Customer Service Team during trading days (Monday to Friday).
The platform also offers an enhanced client interface including catering for those who trade at night.
The client will get instant access to several asset classes in the global financial markets including; Single Stocks CFDs (US, UK, EU) such as Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google, BP, Carrefour; Indices (Nasdaq, FTSE UK), Metals (Gold, Silver); Currencies (60+ Pairs), Commodities (Oil, Natural Gas).
The launch is part of Scope Markets Kenya strategy of enriching the customer experience while offering clients access to global trading opportunities.
Scope Markets Kenya CEO, Kevin Ng’ang’a observed, “the Sope Markets app is very easy to use especially when executing trades. Customers are at the heart of everything we do. We designed the Scope Markets app with the customer experience in mind as we seek to respond to feedback from our customers.”
He added that enhancing the client experience builds upon the robust trading platform, Meta Trader 5, unveiled in 2019, enabling Scope Markets Kenya to broaden the asset classes available on the trading platform.