Our Approach

The Challenge

Informal cross-border trade is a major feature of African economies: it creates jobs, contributes to food and energy security, and alleviates poverty. However many traders are unaware of their rights, required customs procedures and documentation, making them vulnerable to corruption and harassment.

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower cross-border traders to exercise their rights as citizens of the EAC – able to trade legally, safely and profitably across borders.

Our Solutions

Sauti provides mobile-based tools and platforms for simplifying access to information on trading procedures, market information, and voicing incidents of corruption and harassment.

Our Approach

Anonymous Reporting for Border Crossings

Through our anonymous reporting mechanism we crowd-source data to map incidents of harassment and corruption at border crossings across East Africa.

Empowering Africa's Cross-Border Traders with the Right Information

We work with civil society organisations to use data collected through our platform for evidence-based advocacy at community, national and regional levels.

Driving Advocacy and Partnerships

Traders can use our number to find out what documentation, taxes and tariffs are applicable to their products, and receive regular updates on changes to border procedures.

Triggering Change

Sauti means voice in Swahili and our mission is to empower cross-border traders to exercise their rights as citizens of the East African Community – able to trade freely and safely across borders and stand up for their rights with a loud and clear voice.

Our Plan of Action

Thanks to the generous support of our partners, we are expanding our services to border crossings across the whole East African Community.