Dillali.com, a Nigerian fintech, has launched a new language feature that aims to help Nigerian MSMEs track their finances. The platform will now allow small business owners to select 1 of 4 languages—English, Igbo, Hausa, and Yoruba— to track their businesses' records, income, and expenses.
Dillali is a simple record-keeping tool for business owners to keep track of income, expenses, and inventory, all from a smartphone. Since its beta launch on 31st January 2021, more than 12,000 businesses use Dillali and have recorded more than 2.5 billion Naira in transactions.
According to a study, about 127.6 million people in Nigeria speak English, Igbo, Hausa or Yoruba. The introduction of the Nigerian languages to Dillali will drive financial inclusion among businesses and entrepreneurs with limitations in English as well as increase financial literacy exponentially.
"At Dillali, we always put our users first and strive to make business financial record-keeping as easy as possible for them. We know that our users speak different languages, which could mean their businesses are localised to a specific language region. With this new feature, Dillali will be able to detect your language and provide you with a personalised experience in that language," says Ibrahim Bashir, CEO of Dillali. "The languages currently available for use include Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba."
Dillali, as a solution provider to small business financial needs including invoicing, recording sales and expenses, saw the need to push localisation to reduce the percentage of businesses in Nigeria unable to make use of technology due to language limitations.
This is most probably the first bookkeeping and financial management app in Nigeria that has implemented three Nigerian languages for bookkeeping from invoices and expense reporting for small businesses.
"This is a great addition to the product; particularly because it considers localization which is quite rare in the African market," Dillali user, Hauwa Bako, said after piloting her local language on the app.