September Update

September Update

September Update

Towards a Just(ice) Economy

Our investor, the HiiL Innovating Justice Accelerator, produced a short documentary on the justice needs of small & informal business owners in Uganda. Starring our Field Manger, David Orega, the video features Sauti as one of the innovative social enterprises leveraging East Africa’s fast paced trade and business environment to empower business owners and relieve the justice needs of SMEs. The video was produced and directed by Nathalie Dijkman and co-produced by Daug Mulumba.

Sauti Visits Kampala

In July, Sauti traveled to Kampala, Uganda to meet with our partners EASSI, Infotrade, Farmgain and key government and civil society stakeholders, […]

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Towards a Just(ice) Economy

Towards a Just(ice) Economy

East Africa has a huge informal private sector with the potential to stimulate economic and social development, which is staggered by an outdated, complex and corrupt legal and political framework. In this short documentary we zoom in on the justice needs of small (informal) business owners, because they are a driving force of economic growth, yet their needs are consistently overlooked and ignored. The growing spread of internet and mobile penetration may provide new avenues for these business owners to find information and solutions to their unanswered legal needs.

Young innovators, like Sauti Africa,  in the legal space are leveraging on […]

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June Update – Pilot Launch

June Update – Pilot Launch

You may remember that we were last preparing for the soft launch of our platform. The Sauti mobile platform is now live! Read the latest on our continued efforts to build a sustainable startup, one determined step at a time.

Soft Launch of Our Mobile Platform

As a culmination of Sauti Africa’s efforts to date, we held the ‘soft’ – or test – launch of our platform mid-June on the Kenya-Uganda border town of Busia! Building on the results of months of preparation, our energetic team spent the week in Busia training 40 Kenyan and Uganda women cross-border traders.

Although we began with just 40 traders, since then […]

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Sauti Pilots the Platform

Sauti Pilots the Platform

As a culmination of Sauti Africa’s efforts to date, we held our ‘soft’ – or test – pilot launch of our platform this past week on the Kenya-Uganda border town of Busia!

For those unfamiliar with our work, we have developed a mobile-based trade and market information platform to help enable legal, safe and profitable trade across borders in the East African Community (EAC). Building on the results of months of preparation, our energetic team spent the week in Busia training 40 Kenyan and Uganda women cross-border traders.

Although we began with just 40 traders, since then we have seen […]

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April 2017 Update!

April 2017 Update!

This newsletter comes on the heels of a busy month as we prepare for the soft launch of our platform! We won’t bother you with all the internal machinations of getting a company started, but we can assure you: it always takes longer than you initially plan and there isn’t a boring moment. We’d instead like to bring you our most interesting content. Read the latest on our continued efforts to build partnerships, engage with traders at the border, and forge a path to sustainability for Sauti.

Sauti Wins Palladium LMIP Challenge Fund

We are thrilled and honored to be named a winner of the Palladium Group’s Let’s Make It […]

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Sauti and EASSI win Funding from GIZ and the East African Community

Sauti and EASSI win Funding from GIZ and the East African Community

A joint proposal from Sauti and the Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) has emerged best out of the 100 applications in the prestigious EAC-GIZ Incubator for Integration and Development in East Africa (IIDEA) competition to win a generous award that allows them to advance their pilot mobile program.

IIDEA is a joint initiative between GIZ and the East African Community (EAC) designed to promote people-centered and market-driven regional integration in East Africa.  Established in 1999, the EAC is a regional economic community that includes Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, and Tanzania. Headquartered in Arusha, […]

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February 2017 Update

February 2017 Update

We’re excited to announce new support to our pilot through the EAC-GIZ Incubator for Integration and Development in East Africa (IIDEA) and generous pro bono legal support from the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Also, please give our new Customer Discovery Report a read!

Sauti and EASSI Awarded GIZ-EAC IIDEA Prize

The joint proposal we submitted with our partner, the Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI), has emerged best out of 100 applications in the prestigious EAC-GIZ Incubator for Integration and Development in East Africa (IIDEA) competition. IIDEA is a joint initiative between GIZ and the East African Community (EAC) designed to […]

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January 2017 Newsletter

January 2017 Newsletter

Happy New Year from the Sauti Team!

As we prepare to launch our platform, we are excited to have the results from our initial research and engagement with traders at the border. Entering 2017, we would like to thank our investors, partners and most importantly future platform users for supporting our vision!

Key Findings from Customer Discovery

Over the last four months, Sauti has been engaged in a process of customer discovery, involving both quantitative and qualitative fieldwork at Busia and Malaba border crossings. Through surveys, focus group discussions and informal conversations we have worked closely with the traders to develop a unique, mobile-based solution to the […]

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Sauti Cruises to HiiL Competition Win

Sauti Cruises to HiiL Competition Win

Sauti has been announced as one of ten winners in the highly competitive 2016 HiiL Justice Accelerator competition.

This comes after a rigorous selection process conducted by The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL), which saw over 450 applications from around the world compete for part of the  €160,000 grant funding available.

After a four-month selection process to find the most promising justice entrepreneurs, Sauti was chosen based on the strength of their team, scope, uniqueness and the ability to expand access to justice through a scalable, sustainable and innovative platform.

Sauti, meaning voice in Swahili, is a mobile-based trade information and […]

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