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.
We have reached over 92,000 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

This bulletin includes data on Kenyan, Rwandan, Tanzanian, and Ugandan traders. Although an increase was noted between Q1 and Q2 of 2022, cross-border trading continues to stay low in Kenya in comparison to previous years. In addition, we found that in every other country, cross-border trade decreased between Q1 and Q2, indicating that COVID-19 is likely having persistent effects on the levels of activity within the East African trade sector.

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.

Up-to-date and representative data on East Africa’s domestic and cross-border traders is difficult to find. Sauti’s new Trade Insights data portal crowdsources data on East Africa’s traders at an unprecedented scale to help researchers, practitioners, and policy makers improve their intervention targeting, program reach, and solution design.

Sauti is pleased to announce the publication of results from our research in partnership with UK Aid Direct, Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, and Columbia Climate School under the Global Integrity Anti-Corruption Evidence (GI-ACE) programme. The project explored incentives for corruption and harassment reporting and the feasibility of crowd-sourced data and mobile technologies to support community monitoring of border management. The project was supported by Sauti Collect, where we provided an end-to-end USSD data collection and management system, to collect gender-disaggregated and product-disaggregated data on corruption and harassment at informal borders.


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

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