Almas Kebekbayev is the founder of Top.kz, an online platform for booking top-rated cleaning professionals in Kazakhstan and a model in the sector of how to treat workers well and offer affordable prices. Almas is a native Kazakhstani, a graduate of American University, and a former Social Impact 360 student.
While at American University, Almas stumbled upon Social Impact 360, and the organization later directly impacted his career. After graduating, Almas returned to Kazakhstan and began working for Samsung, where he developed mobile applications. The hours were strenuous, and he wasn’t able to properly clean his apartment after being so tired from work. This led to an idea to revolutionize the way the cleaning industry works in Kazakhstan.
Most cleaning services at the time were either unreliable and/or unaffordable, Almas decided to solve this problem by creating a company where trust and reliability were key.
“We are currently the leading online platform for booking cleaning professionals in Kazakhstan and plan to grow the company into Moscow, Russia, in the next few years.”
“In the cleaning industry, we constantly hire people, and 98 percent of the hirees are women with little to no education. We target poverty-induced areas of Kazakhstan to help individuals who may be in need of a job,” Almas said.
Almas trains his employees thoroughly before going out on the job. In an industry where workers are frequently mistreated and paid very little, he pays well and utilizes insurance to ensure that mishaps do not fall unfairly on the workers themselves. He also allots room for growth within the company for employees, so they can have the opportunity to earn better salaries. In addition, they give gifts to as many employees as possible during the New Year season, including cell phones and televisions. He considers it his mission to conduct business in a way that positively influences his community.
The SI360 CONNECTION
Almas gained insight and inspiration from SI360 founders and was able to attend lectures given by sponsors like Kenneth Cole and Thomas Raffa. He applies many of SI360’s best practices to his business today. “SI360 is a playground of building your own business that is socially driven,” Almas said.