This project is limited for residents of Barbados.
There is technical limitations due to budget limits
I am not familiar with culture so, I have to leave my individual bias aside and learn.
Security is priority
Socially disadvantaged people need a simple way to connect with social assistance information & resources to improve their standard of living
There are social problems that existed before the pandemic.Through the research I learned residents of Barbados are dependent on tourism as a major source of income and they are struggling to meet basic needs.
The unemployment rate for the 1st quarter of 2021 stood at 17.2%. In 2020, the national gross income per capita in Barbados amounted to around 14.5 thousand U.S. dollars, up from 17.4 thousand dollars per person in the previous yearAbout 18% of the native population lives in poverty.The poverty line in Barbados is 5,503 Barbadian dollars which is about 2,760 USD.The problem of homelessness in Barbados is largely due to the unemployment rate
Participants had to be residents of Barbados and being impacted economically by covid-19 pandemic. Participants were recruited by the software developer who is from Barbados and living on the island. My user is not able to meet basic needs such as food security, clothing and paying for utilities.
Most of my users have varying needs however urgent needs need to be prioritized.
Product market fit helped look at features from other mutual apps keeping in mind that my user is in a different country. Comparing different apps helped me see different features being used by other mutual aid apps.
Ideas were narrowed down through dot voting
urgent needs will need to be prioritized
• Basic needs like food, shelter and bills need to be covered.
• Connecting with NGOs also take priority
Ideas from rapid ideation were also implemented on wireframes. The software developer let us know some of our ideas are not easy to implement on Wordpress so we had to iterate and let go of some ideas.
A high fidelity prototype was created to test designs on wordpress platform.