Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 9th 2014 Contents requests with the sense of priority that they deserve,
so I thought it would make sense to put together
this company with a team of solid, smart and trust-
worthy runners across Jamaica to take care of these
needs. Diaspora Errand is your new trusted best
friend in Jamaica," he added.
Most of the jetts have transportation, and all have
credit/debit cards that will enable a transfer of funds
so they can pay bills and transact business on behalf
of clients. Diaspora Errand is registered in New York,
USA, and also in Kingston, Jamaica. (jamaica-
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt March 9, 2014
John Wolfe (not his real name), 48, a Jamaican
in New York, is at work on Wall Street with stress
and despair painted all over his face. He's a vice-
president at a very successful roller coaster trading
company where huge fortunes are lost or won in
the blink of an eye.
But on this rainy Thursday morning, Wolfe abruptly
cancels a strategy meeting and turns his thoughts
towards his widowed, aged and ailing mother in
Cherry Gardens, St Andrew who can no longer drive.
Land taxes are past due and must be paid immediately.
She has already run out of her medication, and urgent
confidential paperwork needs to be delivered to a
law firm along Duke Street to close a land sale on
the north coast on behalf of his family.
But the real heartbreak-
er is that his mom called
the night before, whis-
pering that there is noth-
ing but ice left in her
Wolfe is forced to put
on his thinking cap. His
dozens of cocktail circuit
friends in Kingston can't
help, so he eliminates
them. They are all too
busy, too unreliable or not
He processes his
options faster than Pen-
tium and he remembers
hearing about a website
where people who need
to have errands run in Jamaica can visit the site,
place their orders and kick back while the tasks are
efficiently, quickly and confidentially executed. He
finds the website and places a request for everything
his mom needs. He pays by credit card and
"This service is heaven sent" Wolfe remarked.
John Wolfe is one of a growing number of Jamaicans
overseas who are discovering the ease and convenience
of utilising this new service.
Diasporaerrand.com was founded by a young
Jamaican entrepreneur, Marlon Willie, who had pre-
viously worked in mortgage banking before he migrat-
ed. Folks in North America who want to get tasks
done in Jamaica can log onto the website with their
The tasks must be legal and all jobs are handled
by a team of Jamaican "jetts," or runners.
The errands could be anything from paying bills,
home and office deliveries, making purchases, per-
sonalised private transportation to and from appoint-
ments, handling private and confidential paperwork,
buying a surprise Valentine's gift for a friend, collecting
a school report for a child or even mowing a lawn
or fixing a pipe---almost any errand.
Cashless, confidential system
The system is cashless, and safety and confiden-
tiality are of paramount importance.
Diasporaerrend.com uses the latest online technology
to track, record and communicate the progress of
each errand request.
At present, the service is available in the parishes
of Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine, St Thomas,
Manchester, and Clarendon, with more parishes to
be added later. Cash transactions are never allowed
and are strictly forbidden by the company.
"After living here in the United States for a while,
I realised that there was a real need for this kind of
professional service," Willie told The Gleaner.
"Everyone has family and friends back in Jamaica,
but our loved ones don't always treat these kinds of
Marlon Willie, creator
and founder of the
Errand, a New York
which performs any
task---from fixing a
pipe to legal work---on
behalf of Jamaicans
living abroad for their
family or friends in
New web-based errand service
succeeds for overseas Jamaicans
He processes his
than Pentium and
hearing about a
people who need
to have errands
run in Jamaica can
visit the site, place
their orders and
kick back while
the tasks are
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