Kenya: The Man On a Mission to Shine Light On Fake Goods
From fake phones to illicit alcoholic drinks, the Kenyan market has been raided by unscrupulous traders who are turning counterfeiting into a multi-billion shillings business. For Mr Haron Kiriba to succeed in his business of importing special light bulbs that can stay on for about six hours after a power blackout, he knew that he had to surmount the potential influx of fakes. “The light bulb can tell the difference between lights off and lights out. And if after an outage you want to switch the lights off, you simply flick the socket and it detects that to mean lights off,” he said, adding that the bulb goes for Sh1,500. Mr Kiriba, who is the chief executive of OrigiCheck, said he had to first get it right in terms of assuring his customers of the legitimacy of the bulb before it hit the market.
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