Lots of people are asking us where the name came from.

No. It’s not my ex-girlfriend’s name.

But the name wasn’t random either.

Screenshot from Google Translate

Screenshot from Google Translate

It derives from a Swahili word ULIZA, which means ASKED. And asking, is central to what we want to achieve.

We want you to ASK us for help with ANYTHING LOCAL. Whatever you need, we want to help you GET IT DONE!

We hope you will ask us for help with sourcing reliable plumbers, electricians, carpenters, to interior designers, event planners, even ask for weekend getaway options, awesome places to stay, best deals on eating out or ordering in, or anything else!

And while we help you with what you need, we hope we will also help loads of local businesses and professionals, who are trying to earn an honest living by giving reliable and exceptional service!

That was the primary reason for calling it Oliza.

The other reason was, while it is not my ex-girlfriend’s name, it does sound human. We would like you to think of us as your PA, secretary, or personal concierge, trying to make your life in your city, easier. ☺

In this process, we hope that we will be able to create a Socially-Driven Local Marketplace, which can help match the local demand and supply effectively, and create a burgeoning and prosperous ecosystem.