Local entrepreneur launches an audio book distribution platform amid #CoronaVirus

By The Inspirer writer.

Fiston Mudacumura, one of the entrepreneurs running a startup ‘Mudacumura Publishing House’ launches an audio book distribution platform amid #CoronaVirus.

The new online platform https://www.haapastore.com  was designed to facilitate all his audience to access book content in their homes during this self-quarantine from #Covid19.

“During this crisis, we have realized that we have a quite some content but with problem on how to distribute them. It is in this regard, we had all our story books adapted into audio version, and we have managed to create an online platform called https://www.haapastore.com  to be able to facilitate all our audience to access our content in their homes during this self-quarantine from #Covid19.”He says.

“I happened to measure my studies in Modern Languages and Publishing. I am fascinated by languages and all aspects of languages. The original project idea “HAAPA (Hadithi za Africa Pamoja)”, was to have a platform that can help us collect African stories in local languages. But we saw there is potential in making it open for all. The https://www.haapastore.com platform allows third party content owners to be able to create own accounts, upload their own audio contents and be able to distribute to the world. No need to limit ourselves on languages in this #Covid19 crisis.” Mudacumura notes.

He says they believe the platform can help not only audio books publishers/ producers but all players with contents in oral literature will benefit from it.

“Being songs, music, poems, audio dramas, podcasts, religious and enlightening audio preaching… basically, anyone with audio content can be able to use this platform to register own accounts, upload own contents and share with their audience.” He says.

Mudacumura highlights that the platform allows audio content owners to sell or share for free their content if they want to. The platform is built with payment system like Mobile Money or PayPal for international payments.

“We believe content creators and publishers/ producers should be able to continue to make a living out of their content amid this self-quarantine from #Covid19.” He says.

For now, https://www.haapastore.com/ has up to 100 audio books/ stories in Kinyarwanda for people to enjoy at less than 200 Rwf (0.2$). The entrepreneur encourages other audio content owners/publishers/producers to take the opportunity use this infrastructure of haapastore.com and continue to connect to their audience.

Fiston Mudacumura is one of the entrepreneurs running a startup “Mudacumura Publishing House” that is being incubated at Kicukiro ICT Innovation Center for Audio visual, managed by IBS Rwanda under Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and KOICA partnership.


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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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