Cookshop.biz Adds Airtime to Online Offerings
Starting today, users in Liberia and the diaspora can buy phone credit for any country with no additional charge using the Cookshop.biz app!
Founded in 2014 Liberia’s homegrown food and grocery marketplace has completed over 80,000 deliveries and generated over US $1.5 million in sales for local restaurants, farmers, food processors and manufacturers.
Created by two Liberian ICT professionals Cookshop.biz continues to redefine tech in Liberia, officially adding international airtime to the suite of services offered through their app and website. Unlike other services that sell airtime, Cookshop adds no additional fees to the transaction, allowing users to send or receive the exact airtime credit they purchase.
The company’s founders, Charles Dorme Cooper and Mlen-Too Wesley, foresee the new airtime service being a welcome addition for Liberians in the diaspora who already use Cookshop’s on-demand food and grocery delivery service to support their loved ones back home.
This is yet another milestone as the company paves the way for technology businesses in Liberia. In 2017 Cookshop launched the nation’s first truly local online payments, marking the first time VISA and MasterCard online payments were processed by a local bank. The company went on to integrated MTN Mobile Money, Orange Money, Paypal and even Bitcoin payment options into their platform. Since then, they've securely processed over 10,000 online payments and over US$275,000.00 in orders.
In 2019 they launched a native mobile app for Android and iOS phones. This is the first and only mobile app made in Liberia by Liberians to serve the local market that can be found in both the Google and Apple app stores.
In Liberia, the word “cookshop” describes a local kitchen where a community comes together for a familiar, affordable meal. The founders of Cookshop.biz understand the powerful way that food brings Africans together. Family lessons, crucial political conversations, and deep social bonds all revolve around the bowl and calabash. In that same spirit, they sought to connect local growers, food retailers, processors and consumers in an on-demand marketplace.
Cookshop.biz is also a social business. For every 10 orders they receive, the company pledges to provide 1 free meal for a school-aged child that needs it. Their motto is “Real Value, Local Roots.”