Many Sri Lankans have domestic help (servants if you want to be a dick about it). This, however, is still a largely feudal relationship. You have a trusty retainer that does all sorts of amazing things for absurdly little money. It’s not a great system. I recently stumbled upon a company that’s outsourced the domestic, which is an interesting business model. It’s called Caring Hands, discovered via anything.lk.
People will do ridiculous stuff for a few hundred rupees. Paint a room, or cook and clean, or, like, rebuild a refrigerator. There’s actually a huge gap between the capitalist market and the feudal market, both in terms of price and service. If you get a domestic to fix something it’ll get fixed and they’ll give you an 80 Rupee bill for parts. If you get a company to do it, they’ll send five guys (four to stand around and look) and bill you some absurd amount.
Caring Hands seems to be in between. Their business model appears to be providing as an online interface for domestic help. The website is a bit wack, but it’s definitely an interesting idea. It also creates jobs, which is definitely a bonus.
I noticed because anything.lk is offering a Rs. 1,200 deal on four errands worth, wait, Rs. 4,666. That’s actually quite a lot, and it just gets you two months of the below, or is it just the below?
1. Settling your Utility bills
2. Attending to your Banking needs
3. Collection groceries/medicine/dry cleaning etc.
4. Delivering your Gas to your home/office.
I think it’s just the below, so four errands. As far as I can tell, the packages on their site give only one visit per month. So, it still seems cheaper to hire someone full time. A daily maid/cook for example gets about Rs. 500-800 and Rs. 10,000/month is often considered a living wage for a full-timer (it’s not). Caring Hands seem to be targeting, however, people abroad with elderly relatives here, for whom their prices are not too high. Interesting idea.
Anyways, the deal is active now if you want to try it out – via anything.lk.