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 14,000 users in “low-technology” environments and conducted gender-sensitive research and technology design in six African countries.
Innovating Past Data Collection Obstacles for East Africa’s Women Cross-Border Traders: Evidence from Sauti East Africa
Feasibility Study on the Construction of a New Cross-Border Market

News & Updates

We are glad to announce that Sauti’s trade and information platform is now available and accessible to anyone, anywhere via WhatsApp. Message “hello” on WhatsApp to +254 20 389 3576 and you’ll be able to explore our free business and social services information, tailored for farmers, traders, and small businesses in East Africa.

In this quarterly report, we have analysed user growth and interactions with the Sauti platforms in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. Over the past three months, Sauti gained 2,717 new users. Most of this growth has come from our Tanzania platform which we launched in February earlier this year. In July, we added weather information to the Kenyan and Tanzanian platforms, which resulted in over 20 percent of information requests on each of these platforms in the past quarter.


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

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