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Jamila Abass: The Kenyan Software Engineer & Entrepreneur Making Strides

Jamila Abass is today’s Smart Girl because of her smart invention, M-Farm. This app connects farmers and buyers and makes the supply chain more efficient. Through her unique invention, Jamila was able to help Kenyan farmers in rural areas get access to timely information, which consequently improved their agricultural produce, which has, in turn, helped alleviate their living conditions.

For her great invention, Jamila Abass will now become an inspirational woman in history because she has taken technology to a place never before considered.

Early life & Education

Jamila was born and raised in Kenya. She attended a local primary and secondary school before studying computer Engineering at Strathmore University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering.


Jamila was employed by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) after completing her undergraduate studies. She reconnected with a friend from University named Susan Oguya, and in 2010 they both decided to actively research ways to address the plight of Kenyan small-scale farmers using technology.

Jamila and Susan joined various tech communities to meet other like-minded women. They later met three other women, Linda Omwenga, Lilian Nduati, and Catherine Kiguru, and decided to enter a software competition, IPO48. The objective of the competition was to develop a computer application that could be turned into a marketable business within 48 hours.

HumanIPO an organization from Estonia, organized the event, and in November 2011, the five women won the competition with their M-Farm application that connects farmers with agricultural suppliers. And enables them to access current market prices for their produce in a timely manner. The five ladies won a cash prize of $10,000.

Jamila and her team continue to use the app to help small-scale farmers access timely information about farming and get transparent information on the market prices, which enables them to get better deals.

The farmers only have to send a text message to a code and then immediately get an accurate market price for any supplies they might need.

An Inspiration To Young Women

Jamila is currently the country director of New Vision Foundation, a Minneapolis- based NGO. To date, she has received many accolades, including Forbes 10 Female Tech Founders to Watch, 2015 New African Woman women of the year, 20 Young Power Women in Africa, and Quartz’s 30 African Innovators.

As technology advances, Jamila’s app will continue to help small-scale farmers get the supplies they need to keep communities fed. For her invention, she definitely deserves a top spot among our Smart Girls. She is an inspiration to young women eager to enter the technology field and break barriers in a once male-dominated field.

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