Interview with Jacob Korenblum from Souktel

It’s already been a few months ago that we had the chance to interview Jacob Korenblum, the co-founder of Souktel, at the MobileActive08 conference in Johannesburg. Souktel is an outstanding SMS-based job seeking service developed in Palestine. The project emerged from an urgent need for a job seeking platform, as there were no similar governmental services available and newspapers are rare and expensive. At the time the project started access to Internet was still a problem for people in Palestine and Souktel therefore decided to develop their application for mobile phones.

Job seekers can simply create a profile by answering a couple of questions through SMS. The profiles are then matched against current job offers. At the time we recorded the interview about 5000 job seekers used the service every month and about 40 people a month were matched with a job, internship or training opportunities.

In the interview below Jacob Korenblum gives a great 5-minutes summary of Souktel’s services and current activities.

Also check out MobileActive’s excellent blog post about Souktel.

This is the 12th interview from our MobileActive08 video podcast series, shot at the conference in Johannesburg (organized by MobileActive and sangonet).

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Interview with Jacob Korenblum from Souktel
was published on 09.02.2009 by Martin Tomitsch. It files under middle east and north africa
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