Start a fundraiser for any cause
and share it with your extended network in a few simple steps
mPatia is a Kenya-based crowdfunding platform allowing users to easily raise funds for important causes. mPatia allows you to quickly organise fundraisers or 'harambees' in a simple and efficient way and to engage with others in your extended circle by sharing photos, commenting and reacting to others' posts.
The word ‘patia’ means ‘to give’ in Swahili. mPatia's mission is to stay true to its name by encouraging giving for the public benefit, ultimately building an African community of people that lend each other a hand. Empathy is at the core of its ethos.
mPatia is a mobile and web-based platform that allows users to raise funds for causes from their extended network and the general public, and to give for the benefit of others’ causes. The application facilitates fundraisers via mobile money and credit card. The Beta version, available on the PlayStore, is undergoing Beta testing.
Ways to maximise your fundraising efforts with mPatia
Fundraisers with photos are more likely to attract attention and draw other users to your cause. If you can upload photos related to the cause or beneficiary of the cause, you should do so.
Fundraisers with detailed descriptions regarding why you need the funds are more likely to attract donations from people willing to help.
Be specific about what the money is going towards. This provides transparency and will reassure the donors that their donation is going towards a worthy cause.
A large percentage of a fundraiser’s funds will be raised in the first few days. As soon as you create the cause, make sure to share it with your extended circle via Whatsapp, SMS, Facebook and/or Twitter using the ‘Share’ button in the bottom menu of your cause.
Think carefully about who is likely to donate to your cause among your friends, family and community members and ensure that you share the cause with them. Encourage them to share the cause with their networks to expand your donor pool to the wider public.
Luisa Cetina is half Mexican and half Colombian, and spent the latter half of her childhood in Kenya where she currently lives with her family and feels deeply rooted. After graduating high school, Luisa moved to Canada to pursue her undergraduate and graduate studies. After spending almost a decade practicing as a corporate litigator at a large international law firm in New York, Luisa and her family decided to move back to Kenya.
During her time in Kenya, Luisa has come face to face with the plight of those seeking to efficiently raise funds for causes of vital importance (from funerals, to school fees, to medical bills and beyond), a task which is particularly onerous in a part of the world where the majority remain unbanked, and credit is difficult to obtain. She now aims to provide a simple solution that will help many.
mPatia is looking for a driven, hard-working and creative intern to assist with operations and marketing functions, including customer support, data analysis, basic accounting and marketing and advertising. No prior experience required, but university students studying in areas related to the above fields are preferred. If you want to get involved with an up-and-coming start-up with the potential to help thousands of people, mPatia is the place for you. You must be a fast learner, technology minded and eager to jump right in.
Please send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org .