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Digitalising the KLABU sports library

A group of four ambitious business school students from London joined KLABU to help improve our impact: they designed a prototype of a mobile app to digitally manage the KLABU sports library system in refugee camps. 

The students submitted the app in The Student Hotel Changemakers Challenge and it won, enabling us to embark on a learning journey and test the app at our KLABU clubhouses.

Currently, the community clubhouse leaders keep manual records of all membership registrations and sports equipment borrowings and returns. This has proven to be a time consuming task. Moreover, records can get missing or tainted, making the collection of impact data and record keeping quite a challenge.

This is where London based business students Yoga Barrathwaj Raman Mohan, Connor Knights, Thomas Fowler and Camilla Pezzi come in. In consultation with the KLABU teams in Amsterdam and Kalobeyei, this group of four passionate students came up with a solution in the form of an app called ‘KLABU mZinga’ which means KLABU hive in Swahili. 
The app digitally manages the sports equipment and clothing stocked in the KLABU clubhouses and measures KLABU’s impact, which will help us to improve and scale.

A prototype and plan was submitted for the 2020 Student Hotel Changemakers Challenge and it came first place! We are now looking for a partner to build the app and implement it.