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New mobile app could help low-income families

The app, called Lakheni, is part of a social development project to aid underprivileged communities.

FILE: The app was developed by UCT students. Picture: freeimages.com.

CAPE TOWN - A new mobile app could change the way low-income families in South Africa buy their groceries.

The app, developed by students from the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business, has put South Africa on the global social development map.

The app, called Lakheni, is part of a social development project and will make it easier for underprivileged communities to buy food at a discounted rate.

Francois Bonnici, director of the Bertha Centre where the students are trained, says the app has great potential.

"Families can purchase food at more affordable rates because they're buying in a group and they are getting access to a discounted price and a portion of the profit is reinvested back into the crèches, the childhood development fund."

Lakheni will be competing against apps from twelve teams from around the world in the Global Social Venture competition in San Francisco next week.

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