KEeping It Local: Windows Phone Apps for Kenya


As mobile landscape in Kenya transitions from “dumb” feature phones to smartphones, the need for apps with local content grows every day. Apps enable consumers to discover what’s new around them, quickly order and use a variety of services, conduct transactions like shopping and financial management, the possibilities are endless.

For Windows Phone Users in Kenya, the list of apps with local content is growing. IN an effort to make users aware of the apps, I compiled a list of the must have local content Apps for the Windows Phone platform.

The list of apps will be broken into 5 categories:

It is important to remember that the Kenyan App Economy is in its infancy; the developer’s skill base is growing, companies and business strategize on how to use apps to serve their customers, and consumers learn to recognize value in apps and thus purchase them. All these 3 components depend on each other to create a thriving app economy.

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I implore all of you to give feedback to the app developers and content owners on how their app helped you, or what areas they need to work on. We would love to hear your feedback about these local apps by tweeting us  @NairobiWP, @Techweez, @NokiaEastAfrica or @MicrosoftEA, using the hashtag #KeepItLocalWP8.

Windows Phone Banking and Personal Finance Apps – Spotlight Apps

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NOTE: Click on App Icons or App Title to redirect to the Windows Phone Store, or Scan the QR code to automatically download the app to your Windows Phone.

mPesa Cost Calculator Mpesa Cost Calculator

An indispensable app for any M-Pesa consumer. Well designed and updated regularly.

App description from the Windows Phone Store:

The M-Pesa Cost Calculator effortlessly determines what the cost of your mobile money transactions will be based on the most recent transaction charges. Simply enter the amount you wish to send and immediately see:

 1. What it will cost to send the amount to both registered and un-registered users. (all)

2. What the recipient will be charged to withdraw the amount at an Agent or ATM.

3. The minimum balance you need to have in order to complete the transaction. (all)

 Finally, the app will show you the suggested amount to send so that the recipient does not incur additional charges withdrawing the funds from an authorized agent.

Developer: Dynamic Data Systems


One of Kenya’s leading banks, the KCB Mobile app allows its customers to perform various functions.

App description from the Windows Phone Store:

Kenya Commercial Bank’s (KCB) Official Mobile Banking Application for Windows Phone 8.KCB Mobile Banking Features – Send Money to Mobile Number, Buy Airtime, Check Account Balance & Mini Statement, Bill Payments, Cash Withdrawal at Agent & More. This app is specifically for Kenya Commercial Bank customers who have registered for Mobile Banking Services.

Developer: KCB Bank


Keep on top of your investments in the Nairobi Stock Exchange.

App description from the Windows Phone Store:

NSE has put together a Windows Mobile application that provides users with Market statistics for listed securities, corporate actions that affect their securities holdings, and introduced a section called My NSE where users can see the market performance in real-time, as well as connect to their CDSC portfolio to see how the shares are performing in real-time. The tool also provides a virtual-Share portfolio tool that helps users track specific counters, and see how those counters would perform, showing some real scenario with end of day market data.

Developer: Verviant (Kenya)

Other Kenyan Banks

Faulu Mobile (Faulu Microfinance Bank, Kenya)*Faulu Mobile

GT Bank Mobile (GT Bank Kenya) Developer Guaranty Trust Bank Plc GTBank Mobile

Guardian Mobile (Guardian Bank Kenya)* Guardian Mobile

Harambee Mobile (Harambee Sacco Society, Kenya) * Harambee Mobile

I&M Mobile (I&M Bank)* I_M Mobile

Imperial Mobile  (Imperial Bank Kenya)* Imperial Mobile

Jamii Bora Mobile (JamiiBora Bank, Kenya)* Jamii Bora Mobile

KRA Mobile(Kenya Revenue Authority)* KRA Mobile

MCo-Op Cash (Co-Operative Bank Of Kenya) Developer Co-operative Bank Of Kenya Ltd MCo-op Cash

MEB Cash (Middle East Bank, Kenya)* MEB-Cash

Mfukoni (Chase Bank)  (Chase Bank Kenya) Developer Chase Bank Kenya Mfukoni

Nation Hela (Nation Hela International Money Transfer)* Nation Hela

NIC Now (NIC Bank Kenya)* NIC NOW

Paramount Mobile (Paramount Bank, Kenya)* Paramount Mobile

Pesa Pap (Family Bank, Kenya)* Pesa Pap!

NOTE: All Apps with * are developed by Craft Silicon.