“Do you know a good developer that I can work with?” is a question I get asked often. My response changes every so often depending on whoever is top of mind then and sometimes, when someone I know has been let down by whoever I was recommending, my advice is that they try the freelance marketplaces online.
The truth is there are not that many devs locally who can do what they claim to be good at. The few good ones are either too busy, can’t be bothered coz they work for some large company, or as when you engage them are gradually stop answering calls eventually disappearing completely. Add to that the fact that no one knows every good developer or designer locally and you have huge gap of jobs needing professionals, and unknown professionals needing jobs.
This is part of the problem Ndiringe are solving. They help local devs, designers and photographers make themselves more visible by displaying their work on the site. The founder, Kudakwashe Gore, says he realises this is just like behance but says behance is not known here and that they have a Zimbabwean take to the problem which has made them discover gaps in the Behance solution. “Ndiringe encompasses apps which Behance doesn’t, “he said, adding that there are also search engine benefits for professional showcasing their work on the site. “Since Google search is now geo sensitive and also indexes highly websites with fresh content…a user’s profile will likely be easily found on Ndiringe than on their own website”
Gore says in future they are looking to include polls which will enable the community to vote for the best work displayed on the site. If you’re looking for a great developer to work with next time, maybe Ndiringe might be the place to start.