Ghana’s Peponi Gruppe Advances Into A Tech Company With Maintenance Mobile App
Ghanaian property development and maintenance company Peponi Gruppe has gradually advanced into a tech company by creating an on-demand mobile application for maintenance services that are seeing strong monthly growth.
Instituted in 2017, Peponi Gruppe began life providing infrastructure and property management services, but has branched out with the launch of PEPs. An Android and iOS mobile app, PEPs allows people to connect with plumbing, electrical, and cleaning services and have providers at their doorsteps in less than 45 minutes.
“The app is a practical solution to an age-old and everyday problem – finding highly-skilled, reliable and effective professionals for common household and office maintenance services,” Peponi Gruppe co-founder and chief operations officer (COO) Mr Frank Agyemang told Disrupt Africa.
“Even though there are road-side technicians or individual providers, most people are not able or reluctant to hire them due to their unpredictable pricing, delays in getting requested services, and the unreliability of these providers. They also do not provide a one-stop-shop of services,” he stressed.
PEPs does, and uptake has been strong from the off. It already has around 100 monthly active users, with numbers escalating by 20% month-on-month. While users have greater convenience, service providers are also granted a whole new way of reaching clients.
With the initial market response so positive, Peponi Gruppe now wants to take advantage. Mr Agyemang said the company is conversing with a number of venture capital firms as it looks forwards to raise US$500,000 by the end of this year to extend its operations to three more cities and a whole new market.
“PEPs has managed to gain grounds in Accra and Tema, and plans are far advanced to expand our services to Takoradi and Kumasi this year and Nairobi, Kenya, in the second quarter of next year,” Mr Agyemang emphasized.
Revenue is generated from the mobile app by service providers paying Peponi Gruppe 25% of the amount charged for the job they receive from the mobile platform.
“Revenue has been encouraging and we are about breaking even,” Mr Agyemang assured.