Craft Silicon, a leading software solutions provider in Africa and beyond has launched a new banking solution ELMA. The company has also opened a new state of the art office complex in Westlands, Nairobi.

Kamal, CEO of Craft Silicon Kenya's largest software exporter takes PS Ndemo and PS Kinyua and others on a tour of their software development headquarters.

The office, which will also act as the headquarters of the financial solutions provider, was officially opened by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Technology, Dr. Bitange Ndemo today.
Craft Silicon has grown over the last decade to become a leading software development and implementation giant with their solutions being used by key financial institutions in the continent.

Some of the firms using the solutions developed by the firm are Equatorial Commercial Bank, Jamii Bora Bank, Nakumatt Holdings Limited, Chandaria Industries and Safaricom Limited in Kenya as well as Fullerton India Credit Company Limited. Dar es Salaam Community Bank and First Bank Nigeria (FBN) Microfinance Limited are also its key clients.

The company’s mission is ‘thinking differently’ with the firms CEO , Kamal Budhabatt choosing to be a quiet person who not much is known about him.

Craft SIlicon says that ELMA is a lifestyle product that enables the user to carry out financial and non-financial transactions at a cheaper price than existing similar products in the market. The product allows one to pay bills, buy airtime, transfer money as well as make stock exchange transactions.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance Mr Joseph Kinyua toured the office complex eyesterday as part of precursor events to the launch of the offices.

Some of the the notable attendees at the launch of the branch and HQ were Eng. James Rege, MP for karachuonyo,  Mugo Kibati, the CEO of Kenya’s Vision 2030, Dr. Manu Chandaria, Lisa Mucheru-Wisner,  and a host of other corporate and financial institution executives from companies that use Craft Silicon’s business solutions.

Ms. Lisa Mucheru-Wisner, one of the four finalists in the latest season of the Apprentice reality TV show, has partnered with the Craft Silicon Foundation to steer various charitable projects in Kenya. Ms Mucheru flagged off the ‘Craft Silicon Foundation ICT Bus’ earlier in the week to two schools in Kibera and Ongata Rongai.

The Craft Silicon ICT bus is known to provide free ICT training in Mathare, Kangemi, Huruma, and Kibera and in helping the trainees to find jobs.

The new offices and HQ are said to rival the Safaricom telecentres and Google office boasting of a gym, swimming pool, sports centre, executive lounge, a roof-top staff restaurant and modern open plan offices. Kamal says that the offices are built with the staff in mind hence the ambience.

Image: Courtery of Paul Kukubo