SAUTI EAST AFRICA CLOSING THE DIGITAL INFORMATION GAP FOR WOMEN IN TRADE Sauti East Africa empowers women-led small and medium-sized enterprises to trade to legally, safely, and profitably across East Africa’s borders. WHAT WE DO

Our Services & Products

Sauti East Africa combines innovative technologies with proven deep expertise to empower women as forces of change in markets, communities, and households.


We develop technologies to measurably improve women’s access to information, business opportunities, and markets.


We collect and analyse vital data to understand barriers to women’s economic empowerment.

Our mobile information service delivers real-time market prices, exchange rates, information updates, and trade procedures to traders across East Africa.


Analyse, segment, and extract actionable insights on East African cross-border trade using our interactive data dashboard.


Design, test, and deploy survey and monitoring tools remotely using our end-to-end mobile data collection solutions.


Why we build technologies for women in trade

Using technology to empower women-led businesses has ripple effects that can help create lasting change for households, communities, and market systems. That’s why we put women as traders, producers, and customers at the centre of our products, services and delivery models.
Learn more about our approach.

Featured case studies

We have reached over 78,000 users in “low-technology” environments and conducted gender-sensitive research and technology design in six African countries.
Market Monitoring and Predictive Modelling Project: Sauti’s Work with the Danish Refugee Council
Global Integrity’s Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme RCTs in Kenya

News & Updates

This COVID-19 bulletin aims to illustrate the changing state of trade in East Africa. Leveraging Sauti’s East Africa’s embeddedness with traders, we present the 2021 Q4/2022 Q1 behavioural and user data from our regional network of trade and market information platforms.
Reporting in this bulletin includes data on Kenyan, Rwandan, Tanzanian and Ugandan traders. In the case of Tanzania, cross-border trade increased or remained high compared to the last quarter. However, we found that in every other country, cross-border trade decreased or remained low. Cross-border traders’ destinations are consistently lower than pre-pandemic levels in Rwanda and Kenya, indicating that COVID-19 is likely having persistent effects on the levels of activity within the East African trade sector.

In this quarterly report, we have analysed user growth and interactions with the Sauti market and trade information platforms in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda.

2022 Q1 saw 6,474 new users access all our regional platforms. Our Kenyan platform saw the majority of growth with 5657 new users, followed by Tanzania with 410 new users. Since our Q3-Q4 2021 Report, trade within domestic markets has increased in Tanzania by 5 percentage points to 86% while the country’s cross-border trade has decreased by 5 percentage points up to 14%.


We deliver transformative information technologies and insights to enhance inclusive trade and women’s empowerment initiatives.

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