Mourners Urged to Make Use of Talents from God

first_imgThe late George GmahActing Senior Pastor, Elder Felix N. Tiepoh, told the family and sympathizers at the funeral of the late George J. Gmah last Saturday to make use of the talents God has given them to ensure that their eternity is secured, even before the end of their lives.Held at the Emmanuel Temple (Independent Pentecostal Church of Christ) in the Borough of New Kru Town on Bushrod Island, Monrovia, Elder Tiepoh reminded the mourners that the deceased cannot be helped by their tears.On the theme, ‘What Have You Done With What God Gave You,’ Elder Tiepoh examined Matthew 25:14-30, where the Bible reports the story of a man who was about to travel abroad that summoned his slaves, and entrusted his belongings to them.Elder Tiepoh said: “He gave five talents to one, two to another, and one to still another, each according to his own ability, and he went abroad.” He explained that the one who received the five talents went and did business with them and gained five more. Likewise, the one who received the two gained two more.“But the slave who received just one went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them,” he said, adding that those who made use of what they received were rewarded and the one who did not make use of what he received was described by the Master as “a wicked and sluggish slave.”The scripture, as read by Elder Tiepoh, said: “For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundantly. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him, and throw the good-for-nothing slave out into the darkness outside, where there will be weeping and the gnashing of his teeth.”Tiepoh encouraged the mourners to ensure that they keep God in their lives. “George Gmah came to church even when he was sick,” he said, “and while your tears cannot help him, we should know that his future is with God.”He told the family to take heart and read Ecclesiastics 12:1-8, emphasizing that they should remember God when they are healthy, before worse days come.Elder Tiepoh also called on his listeners to be each other’s keeper, by sharing what they have with those who lacked them. He said when those who have assisted those who don’t have, “they do it for Jesus Christ,” as quoted in the Scriptures.The late George J. Gmah was born on March 6, 1947 and died after a brief illness at the Redemption Hospital on February 23, 2017. He was 70 years old.Burial took place at the Johnsonville Cemetery, outside Monrovia. Survivors include daughters Ms. Saviour Gmah, Ms. Victoria Gmah, son Theophilus N. Gmah, Jr.; grandson Theophilus N. Gmah, III, and a host of other relatives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Assisted E-Commerce

first_imgThe trust a kirana merchant enjoys in the neighborhood and the preference of Indian consumers to come in direct contact with sellers is opening the doors of next big wave — assisted e-commerce.With the big boys virtually exhausting the online shoppers, the focus is now on the new space to reach the people who are either not on internet or don’t shop online.With just 12 to 15 percent of the 300 million internet users shopping online, the real commerce has a huge opportunity. The players in this emerging space bring together offline buyers, local retailers and sellers to an integrated platform and reach where the e-commerce players are facing the hindrance.From T-shirts to television sets and mobile phones and from recharges to utility bill payment to money transfer and bus ticket booking, they offer an entire range of consumer goods and services.This space offers an opportunity to millions of small merchants to go high-tech and make additional income. They make the purchase on behalf of their customers, who will be assured of the quality of the products while sellers will be able to save a lot on logistics and reverse shipping expenses.While there are many players for recharges, there are only two or three companies in assisted e-commerce and they are all from south.Bringing together various stakeholders, they are coming out with a solution for the typical Indian market where the majority of customers still prefer to buy from the kirana store next door rather than buying from somebody they don’t know.“More than feeling the products while buying, Indian customers want to buy from someone they trust and to whom they can go back and ask in case of any problem,” Krishna Lakamsani, founder and CEO of iPay, said.In a short span of 18 months iPay has emerged as the most powerful leader in this space with 7,000 retailers in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka, serving about five million customers and offering over 4,000 products and also various services.“Every second, eight customers walk into our stores and one purchase happens. We acquire a new customer every four seconds,” said Krishna, who was associated with an e-commerce company in the US before returning to India to try something different.“I invested my personal money of $3 million. Today our Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) has touched Rs. 120 crore per month,” said Krishna, who has set a target of reaching Rs. 400 crore to Rs. 500 crore GMV.Krishna explained how iPay is helping create new distribution network for products. “A retailer in Srikakulam (Andhra Pradesh) doesn’t come to Hyderabad to pick up Karachi Bakery biscuits nor Karachi Bakery has distribution network in Srikakulam, but we help him get the product there,” said Krishna.The company pays a commission of 2 to 14 percent on the products to retailers, depending on the category of products.He believes everyone has to take the offline route. Alibaba launched offline commerce last year while Amazon made an announcement recently. Flipkart and Snapdeal are also going offline.“We are helping customers go online indirectly if not directly. We are there in the last mile,” Kiran Gali, founder and chief executive officer of NumberMall, said.Kiran believes this model offers a huge opportunity to take e-commerce to masses. “There are 14 million small merchants in India who touch every one of us every day. They could be kirana shops, medical stores, fancy, stationery or pan shops.”“E-commerce is only for the top pyramid. Only 50 million people in India buy online. Even in an advanced country like the US it is hardly 20 percent,” he said.What is hindering e-commerce penetration is the difficulty in reaching pin codes in small towns and villages and with their network, players like ipay and NumberMall can reach the unreached.Started in 2011, NumberMall is a pioneer in the space with its technology platform. Today it has 16,000 small merchants on its platform in 10 districts. What sets it apart from others is that a merchant doesn’t have to buy its software. The free app can be used from mobile, laptop or PC for transactions.NumberMall is offering eight services, but recharges account for 40 to 45 percent of the transactions. With GMV of Rs.15 crore a month, it plans to bring a wide range of products on its platform within a month.Bootstrapped by Kiran, the company raised $1 million and plans to raise $10 million more this financial year to fund its expansion. Related Itemslast_img read more