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Press Release- 16 July 2015, Harare

ZIMBABWEAN TECH ENTREPRENEURES LAUNCH AN SMS DRIVEN ONLINE FUNERAL COORDINATION STARTUP

Zimbabwean Tech entrepreneurs launch a streamlined funeral coordination platform called funeral.ly. The platform leverages on SMS and whatsapp to notify and share funeral updates to their targeted audience. This came after the founder experienced logistical hardships and frustrations after losing his grand parents . The funeral was to be held in a different city ( 8 hours away ) , coordinating things was a nightmare , with some family members overseas and others in neighbouring countries , the planning process was not an easy task.

On the platform, a user (funeral organizer) has to sign up and login to create the deceased funeral.ly profile. The profile is made up of the dates and name of the deceased, picture, google map directions and full funeral event details/program. These details are then captured on…

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