Tap2Eat, the smart wristband helping Kenyan students pay for lunch
London, Dec. 30, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Through Tap2Eat, thousands of Kenyan schoolchildren can now afford a healthy lunch using prepaid smart wristbands.
Tap2Eat is a Near Field Communication (NFC) smart wristband, which makes it easier for parents to make and track payments for their children’s school meals.
It’s part of a subsided school food programme aiming to tackle malnutrition and improve attendance in public schools in Kenya’s Kiambu and Nairobi counties.
To pay for a meal, students use a Tap2Eat NFC wristband which is linked to their parents’ account.
They tap the wristband on a NFC reader, which debits the cost of the meal and sends a notification to their parents letting them know they have eaten. The whole process takes less than five seconds.
Tap2Eat is the brainchild of Kenyan social enterprise, Food for Education
The organisation introduced the payment system to help it expand its feeding programme from 3,000 to one million students a day.
“We are currently feeding about 3,000 children per day and for these numbers to scale to the one million that we plan to, we need to get more efficient in the payment system,” said Food for Education’s general manager Fred Obondo.
NFCw.com reports that Food for Education has been running its feeding programme for public primary school children in Kenya for seven years, providing subsidised meals that cost 15 Kenyan shillings (US$0.15).