Two Eastside friends develop a service provider application

Amin Shaykho and Marwan El-Rukby develop a local startup called Kadama.

Longtime friends Amin Shaykho and Marwan El-Rukby were determined to find a way to help their community. Many ideas and conversations were developed, but it was in a local gyro shop where their smartphone application, Kadama, was born. Kadama is an app that makes requesting services easier for consumers.

Kadama allows consumers to request and preform services such as yard work, house work, tutoring and pet care. Consumers also are able to negotiate prices with different service providers in the community. The Eastside startup is currently only available in IOS, but developers are working to perfect the app and expand it to all devices.

Both Shaykho and El-Rukby wanted to create something that benefited the community. And that’s what Kadama is designed to do.

To request a service, users submit a detailed request at their asking price. Users receive various offers from providers and search for high-rated providers. Choosing is easy by reviewing the rating, user asking price, and task description. To become a service provider, users create a provider profile that allows them to manage earnings, skills and current tasks. Users can request and become a service provider.

“We want to help the community. We want to to find as many ways to connect with the community and drive that value,” El-Rukby said.

The app has been in the works since 2016 and officially launched on June 11, 2018. Kadama currently has 600 users, 100 ratings, 1000 followers on social media and 20,000 views.

Shaykho said when they first started, the mission was to add efficiency and convenience to people’s lives.

“Marwan and I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy to start a company,” Shaykho said. “When I compare ourselves now with who we were two years ago, I still see two millennials who are eager to learn with huge goals.”

Service providers on Kadama are encouraged to develop new skills and go out and help their community.

“Kadama isn’t just an app, it’s a connector. A connector of jobs. A connector of people,” Shaykho said.

To learn more about Kadama, go online to www.kadama.com.

More in Life

Neighborhood Enhancement Program comes to Crossroads

A “kickoff” meeting was held on Jan. 22.

Centro Cultural Mexicano exhibit opens doors to discussions on immigration, border issues

“Border Doors” features art by students who have visited the United States-Mexico border.

Photo courtesy Studio East
                                Shot from a 2012 performance of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
Studio East, StoryBook theater announce winter shows

Programming includes “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “The Tempest” and “Little Red.”

Photo by Claire Albright
                                The Bellevue Ice Rink has various events throughout the season, such as stroller skate days, free skate lessons, Husky Skate Day, and Jedi Skate Night. These help switch up the typical skating experience.
Time to say goodbye to Bellevue Ice Rink for season

Taking a look behind-the-scenes of the Bellevue Ice Rink as the break-down process begins

Business perspective for the new year | Financial advice column

A monthly business column from a local financial adviser.

Award-winning play ‘The Good Adoptee’ coming to Mercer Island

The autobiographical drama was penned by acclaimed playwright Suzanne Bachner.

The time for gratitude is now | Health column

Being grateful for the present and focusing on what you have versus what you don’t have is the key to mindfulness.

Embrace the struggle for a complete picture | Health column

A monthly column about mindfulness and general wellbeing.

KCLS continuing to build connections in 2020 | Submitted content

A monthly column about library happenings.

From left: students Riley Retinger, Abby Smith, Mimmi Hubbard and Sadie Rabinowitz. Photo by Calah Webb
‘It’s one of my favorite places to be’: School of Rock Issaquah gears up for January shows

In January, students will be paying homage to the Beatles, Black Sabbath, Chris Cornell and others.

Back row, from left: Eric Vaughn, Lisa Dreher and Hope Maltz, Hideo Fujita, Sheri Campbell, Warren Mainard. Front row, from left to right: Jenny Chang, Kendy Sasaki-Ross, Rob Kamihana and Monika Kannadaguli. Photo courtesy Eastgate Expounders
More than a speaking group: Eastgate Expounders look back at 15 years

Eastgate Expounders is one of many clubs under the overarching Toastmasters International nonprofit.