Sahay began as a master’s thesis group project that won the prestigious Chen Award as well as grants by USAID and Big Ideas.
My team and I conducted research in India where we identified inefficiencies in the domestic labor (maids, cooks, caretakers) market. An information and communications solution will allow the search for jobs and workers to reach beyond a person’s restricted social network, saving the time and expense involved in job hunting and searching for workers. By expanding access to opportunities, we also believe the power of choice will enable workers and households to secure cleaner, safer, and more respectful work environments.
The solution is composed of an iteractive voice response menu, SMS texts, and a web portal to support users of varying education and digital literacy levels. An iterative user centered design approach was used to create hi-fidelity prototypes that were field tested in India. The resulting feedback is informing a beta version of the product currently under development.
Launch Research Page
Launch Web Prototype