Chowberry is an app that connects supermarkets to NGOs and low-income earners, allowing them to buy food that’s about to expire at a discount.
It was built by Oscar Ekponimo, a Nigerian software engineer, who had a firsthand childhood experience with hunger, after his father suffered a partial stroke and was unable to work, leaving the family struggling to make ends meet.
According to the World Food Programme, Nigeria is a ‘food deficit’ country, meaning that it cannot provide enough food for its population.
A three-month pilot of the app involving 20 retailers reached about 300 people in Lagos and Abuja — Nigeria’s two major cities — feeding 150 orphans and children at risk.
Oscar is He is hopeful that more national retailers will join the scheme as demand for the service continues to grow in the face of Nigeria’s recession.
Last year, Ekponimo won a Rolex Award for Enterprise for his work and has hopes to expand.
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