SWVL set for Sh1.5b injection into Kenyan market

Shuttle-hailing firm SWVL has announced plans to pump $15 million (Sh1.5 billion) into its Kenyan operations. This financial injection will not only go into improving their current operations but will also aid in scaling the business into other towns and routes.

“Kenya is a market with a need for a stable solution for the perennial traffic snarl ups and SWVL believes that we can be of great benefit to the local consumer and the transport sector as a whole,” said SWVL co-founder and CEO, Mostafa Kandil.

In addition to the funding, the team says they will be adding more routes to their offering. SWVL initially had four routes when they launched in Kenya in February 2019, and has over the last six months since increased to fifty-five routes. They are now due to add more routes to cover more areas in Nairobi, as well as begin operations outside the capital city.

"I believe the potential for growth and value creation is tremendous and given the different entities providing varied solutions, we are looking to fill a gap that has yet to be sufficiently covered by what is already available. That is what has prompted us to expand our route offering," said Shivachi Muleji, SWVL General Manager for Kenya.

“We see this as a win-win for us as SWVL and for Kenyans because this investment will not only allow us to grow the size of our fleet, but also by extension create employment and support the government in providing high quality public transportation,” he added

The first six months of the company’s operations had essentially been a pilot phase, and the move to increase their investment and the routes they operate in is seen as the official launch of their services locally.

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