Blessed Jason Mwanza is a self-taught Zambian software developer, a developer consultant, and CEO & Founder of Alomo Systems Limited – Zambia’s first cloud-based loan servicing solution that provides automation software and a web-based platform that helps lenders consolidate, and manage their day-to-day operations effectively. He is also the founder of Zambia’s first music lyrics streaming website.
Born in Zambia, Blessed Jason Mwanza was unfortunate to start school at an early age because he spent most of his childhood in Msoro village, Eastern province of Zambia, he couldn’t get to school due to financial difficulties. Blessed Jason Mwanza left the village for the city, Lusaka, where he started school. He was placed in Grade four (4th grade) because he was a bit older to start from primary one. After a successful stint in grade 7 (7th grade), he went to Kablonga Junior Secondary School in Lusaka. He did his 8th and 9th grades at Kablonga Junior Secondary School, during that period, computer studies were first introduced. Blessed got interested in computer programming and wanted to learn it.
In his 8th grade, Blessed Jason Mwanza became passionate about the computer and started to learn to program. He told BongoHive that, the first day he saw a computer, he got obsessed with it. “When I was living with my aunties in Lusaka, I would get to the room where the computer is and they could tell the other kids to shut down the computer, and was forced out of the room,” he told The African Dream. In his 9th grade, one of his teachers in Junior Secondary School noticed that he was so curious – he was asking a lot of questions about computer programming. Blessed Jason Mwanza was assigned as the school representative for computer studies. This development motivated him to do extensive study and research on computer programming.
“I would save money meant for a school bus so that I could pay at an internet café and learn more about programming. In my 11th grade, I created Zambia’s first music lyrics streaming website”Blessed Jason Mwanza on BongoHive
Blessed Jason Mwanza wanted to contribute to the development of Africa by solving the continent’s major problems through tech.
“The initial goal was to solve problems. The biggest inspiration to solve these problems was Africa. I one day sat down and look at Africa, we had everything we needed but we’re lacking in some contexts, and I was wondering why? Africa, we have the natural resources, so if we can build things and start manufacturing things ourselves rather than importing things, I believe that we can be independent,”Blessed Jason Mwanza with The African Dream
In 2018, he founded Automated Loan Management Systems (Alomo Systems), Zambia’s first cloud-based loan servicing solution that provides automation software and a web-based platform that helps lenders consolidate, and manage their day-to-day operations effectively. “The idea started in high school, my friend, who is also the co-founder of Alomo System was running a money lending business and he used to frequently encounter a problem of lost paperwork. I proposed to create a platform that would manage his business in one platform, and he liked it,” he said. In 2020, Mwanza and his friend applied for the second cohort of the FinTech4U program which was conducted by BongoHive in partnership with UNCDF. They were picked to be in the Top 10 list of Zambia based technology companies. FinTech4U was a big opportunity for Blessed and his friend. At that, they didn’t have enough experience on how to run Alomo Systems; they didn’t understand how the FinTech industry operates; its processes, procedures and regulations.
“FinTech4U made it so much easier for us to understand the regulations and the key players of the industry. Through insights from industry experts, we gained valuable information on opportunities we can tap into.Blessed Jason Mwanza
Topics like market and product validation, the customer acquisition process, buyer persona and how to interact with clients gave us a blueprint of how we were supposed to run our business. Our other most important takeaway lesson was the lean model of operations. We didn’t know about it but when we tested and applied it, we started building more and even better products and the results are worth sharing in the long run.”
Blessed Mwanza and his friend met other money lenders to share their platform with them, which five money lenders were interested in Alomo Systems and were willing to pay for it. He told BongoHive that they initially planned to give access to the platform for free, but they had a second thought when they started to see an increase in demand. “We initially planned to give access to the platform for free, but the interest that people had shown made us realize that we can turn it into a business,” he said. Alomo Systems helps lenders to consolidate, monitor, analyze, and easily manage their day-to-day operations all in one click. In addition to its powerfully inbuilt and tailored analytics dashboard, Alomo System also provides business reports and analytics for informed decisions to hundreds of lenders using its platform.
“Our clients have testified that our platform has made their business processes and operations easier. They can now save time because the platform performs major functions as team management and procurement on behalf of the client. Additionally, through the platform, our clients make data-driven decisions, thereby maximising profits.”Blessed Jason Mwanza
Blessed Jason Mwanza didn’t only stop from there; he went on to found another tech startup that has the potential to change and transform the future of financial servicing services in Africa. It is called AfriLending. AfriLending is a Peer-to-Peer geo location-driven lending platform that allows people to borrow from hundreds of nearby lenders with instant mobile money payments implemented for remissions and disbursements. It is a location-based technology platform that allows for both individuals and institutions to lend to anyone in need of urgent financial needs based on GPS location. From payments of funds to the management of business finances and transactions, AfriLending comes with tools that enable anyone to start a lending business and or borrow from any neighbouring nearby lender at a click of a button.
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