In a world where access to justice can be a privilege, Sheria Kiganjani’s digital app is a shining example of a company that is using technology to make a difference. By providing affordable and accessible legal services, Sheria Kiganjani is helping to empower people in Tanzania and improve their access to justice.
Sheria Kiganjani is an innovative digital app created as a startup business under UNDPS’s FUNGUO Innovation Programme, that offers a range of services, including legal advice, document preparation, and representation in court. The app is easy to use and provides users with clear and concise information about their legal rights and obligations. It is also affordable, with fees for legal services that are significantly lower than traditional law firms.
“In addition to tremendously high legal fees,” Neema Mgimba, the co-founder of Sheria Kiganjani said, “low-income citizens in need of legal assistance have to bear the cost of travel, accommodation and other expenses, when seeking access to justice and legal aid. Recognizing that legal knowledge is a right and responsibility of every member of society, the founders of Sheria Kiganjani have taken it upon themselves to establish a system of access to legal services through the internet. The aim is to significantly reduce the cost of legal services by over 80% compared to current costs, thereby making them more affordable and accessible to a wider range of citizens, particularly those living in rural areas or with limited financial means.”
For just 10,000 TZS, Sheria Kiganjaji aided Marima Juma, a divorced 47year old woman with hearing difficulties, who was the defendant in a criminal case filed by her former husband at the Primary Court in Ilala District, Ukonga. The case involved allegations of neglecting to provide food and other necessities for their children, as stipulated in Section 167 of the Tanzania Penal Code. With Sheria Kiganjaji’s support, the client received appropriate legal guidance, and ultimately, the Court ruled in her favor, declaring her not guilty of the charges.
The business: Sheria Kiganjani, is continuing to revolutionize access to justice for low and middle-income earners. They designed a digital app that provides a wide range of legal services to people who may otherwise struggle to access legal representation.
The start-up has already received positive feedback from users, who appreciate the convenience and accessibility of the app. In a country where access to justice can be a major challenge, Sheria Kiganjani’s app provides an important resource for people who are looking for help with legal issues.
Neema is proud to have created a platform that provides a more equitable access to justice in Tanzania. With plans to expand the app’s services and reach a wider audience, Sheria Kiganjani is poised to make a significant impact in the legal industry and improve access to justice for low and middle-income earners.