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BabaJob: Bringing Jobs to People at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Jun 28, 2010
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Finding a job is hard but in India, BabaJob is making the process a bit easier for job seekers at the bottom of the pyramid.

Started in Bangalore in March of 2007, BabaJob is a matching resource for blue-collar workers looking for jobs. Sean Blagsvedt, co-founder of BabaJob, explains that the inspiration came from Anirudh Krishna’s research paper “Escaping Poverty and Becoming Poor: Who Gains, Who Loses, and Why?” Blagsvedt learned that most people moved out of poverty through job diversification. However, he noticed that most job-finding resources in India were designed for people seeking white collar jobs. Blue-collar workers and those at the bottom of the economic pyramid had to rely on word of mouth or luck in order to find the jobs that could help them move out of poverty. He decided to create a resource that would allow workers in India to find jobs in their fields and born was Babajob.

Basic Information
Organization involved in the project?: 
Project goals: 

The goal of BabaJob is to create a job-finding resource for blue-collar workers in India. The company allows users to sign up via mobile or the web, and find jobs in their industry based on proximity, salary, and type of work. Information is accessible for job seekers via mobile. The goal is to help workers at the bottom of the pyramid move out of poverty by providing job diversification. 

Brief description of the project: 

Babajob is a job-finding service that works over mobile phones and as a website. The company helps blue collar workers find new jobs by pairing them with employers who are seeking new employees. 

Target audience: 

The target audience is blue-collar workers in India who are seeking new jobs. 

Detailed Information
Length of Project (in months) : 
What worked well? : 

Several things that went well:

  • Scaling the project; although Babajob started in Bangalore, it has scaled to be a fully national program and is now expanding to Indonesia
  • Large pick-up among user; more than 80,000 job seekers have used the site and nearly 400,000 jobs have been posted
  • Pairing with telecommunications companies allowed the organization to reach new clients over mobiles
What did not work? What were the challenges?: 

Some challenges:

  • BabaJob was originally designed to work in tandem with the BabaLife social network. The group decided that the job search site was more useful than the social network once other social networks began to become popular.
  • The company focused more on web-based visitors originally, but realized that scaling would be easier through mobile.


Souktel and Ushahidi - SMS Job Services and Conflict Mapping (now in Gaza)

Posted by KatrinVerclas on Jan 05, 2009

Souktel and Ushahidi have been in the news as they have partnered with Al Jazeera for an interactive SMS-enabled crowdsourced map as the conflict in Gaza continues.

The guys of shot some great videos of the two key people at Souktel and at Ushahidi -- Jacob Korenblum and Eirk Hersman -- describing their respective projects. Even though filmed a few months ago, both describe vividly how they are using mobiles in their work. Well worth watching! 


Souktel: Jobs and Aid via SMS

Posted by CorinneRamey on Jun 09, 2008

Getting information in the West Bank in Palestine can be difficult. Public transportation is fragmented and some 500 checkpoints around the area make travel time-consuming and difficult. Most people don't have regular Internet access, and newspapers are expensive. A project called Souktel has stepped in to fill this information gap. The service, launched in 2006, uses SMS to connect users to two services: job opportunities and humanitarian aid. The name comes from "souk," the Arabic word for "marketplace," and "tel," or "telephone."

Jacob Korenblum, co-founder of Souktel, talked with MobileActive about the project. "At least 80% of people in the West Bank have cellphones, but Internet access is a problem for people here," Korenblum said. "So getting information about medical care, jobs, and food bank services can be difficult." Although there are Internet cafes, Korenblum said that many people, especially women, lack access to these services. "We wanted to develop a very simple service," Korenblum said.