The Awesomity lab is a team of IT enthusiasts who are very passionate about finding solutions for the society. So in 2015 when it happened to take interest in the issue of rising teen pregnancies. They started thinking about the possibility of developing a mobile application to somehow reduce them. At the time the team was only of 5 guys and even though they knew that they could develop the app.
You might have been wondering.
Guys developing a mobile app for girls? This is exactly what was stopping them to start for some time.
Then Fileille joined the team in December 2016, and they didn’t waste any more time bringing her up to speed on the idea. She took interest in it immediately. She was just the force that they needed to set the project on sail.
The application, which we named “Umbrella“, provides information to help girls and women of up to 40 years track their menstrual cycle. The platform also has digital content both in English and Kinyarwanda that educates them about general aspects of SRH.It includes content that demystifies some myths about sex and reproductive health that have actually been attributed to increase the unwanted pregnancies in teens.
Further plans are being developed. They plan to launch Umbrella on smartphones first then later introduce USSD codes so that girls and women, especially in rural Rwanda, can access the platform using feature phones. Umbrella users on smartphones will be encouraged to make a monthly donation for using the platform and the funds raised will be used to maintain Umbrella and provide girls in Rural Rwanda with a free sanitary material.