Community mobilizers that are employed by FTC usually work in the communities and communicate with the members about upcoming initiatives and events that FTC is hosting.
What it does
Jamii makes this process much easier and faster as opposed to just doing to door-to-door and word-of mouth outreach. The platform equips the community mobilizers and community members with an accessible tool to communicate in an easy, efficient and cost-effective way through the web and an SMS interface.
How I built it
It is built with Node.js and Twilio to community quickly between members of different communities and channels. It is built to be scalable in-terms of number of people and number of communities that can be using the platform.
We used MongoDb as the database to allow for future extensibility and addition of reporting metrics.
Challenges I ran into
Learning a new technology stack that was shared between the developers. We had challenges working and communicating with a team member who is located on the other side of the world (different sleep/eat schedule). It was hard to focus and concentrate in a work environment that was loud (shared space).
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We were able to complete all the features we wanted to and created a beautiful and easy-to-use platform in 24 hours.
What I learned
We learned to work together with a team of diverse backgrounds and figuring out how to implement a scalable solution for developing countries.
What's next for Jamii - Community Mobilization
We would like to have it deployed to rural areas and see how FTC and its community members use it to improve their communication methods.