M-Farm allows Kenyan farmers to get up-to-date information on crop prices and farming-related issues. “It is a transparency tool for Kenyan farmers where they simply SMS 3535 to get information about the retail price of their products, buy their farm inputs directly from manufacturers at favorable prices, and find buyers for their produce.”
A Song for Miles
Founder Diverse Mobile, LLC Purpose created an app that helps children learn the meaning of determination, kindness and love through soul music from the likes of singing sensations Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Earth, Wind & Fire. It nurtures a child’s inquisitive nature and love for music and sounds, while teaching the importance of good character. This is the first storybook application that uses Black soul music artists who influenced the songs we listen to today. Developed by a Black-owned development company in Atlanta, A Song for Miles includes features such as digital links that pop off the screen, and interactive links to iTunes to purchase featured music. This is an ideal digital book for parents to read to children, especially if they enjoy music.
M-Pedigree is a great application that helps users determine the authenticity of their medication. As a nonprofit based in Ghana, they “advocate for the development of strategies to fight counterfeiting. We work with technology providers worldwide to bring relief to patients at risk of counterfeit medication in developing nations,” according to the company.
Ashti Meets Birdman Al
This storybook featuring music by jazz singer Al Jarreau is about a little girl named Ashti, who, while at the park with her mother, meets Birdman Al, an elderly man who is concerned about saving the jazz program at his former elementary school. His dilemma leads Ashti to her big idea. Children learn traits such as compassion, respect and responsibility while being exposed to jazz artists such as Billie Holiday, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and Cab Calloway. Why You Need It: Another digital storybook that exposes children to music while teaching them how to be good people will keep the little one in your life entertained not only through reading but also with classic music.