SokoText is a smart solution with a big idea: To make food affordable for everyone. We use the power of text messaging to aggregate demand for food and unlock wholesale prices for small entrepreneurs in urban slums.
Jonah is an award-winning serial social entrepreneur experienced in turning powerful ideas into profitable organisations and managing and growing exceptional teams.
Verena’s background is in project management, business development and research in the non-profit sector. She is passionate about market-based solutions to social and environmental challenges – especially if they involve technology.
Suraj comes from an entrepreneurial Kenyan-Indian family. He brings on board deep local knowledge and hands-on experience of starting and managing businesses in our first country of operations.
Sofia is responsible for overseeing SokoText’s marketing and growth strategy and the design, testing and management of our technology products. She has a background in research, product development and marketing in the social enterprise, microfinance and technology start-up sectors.
Carolina coordinates SokoText’s social impact strategy and M&E activities, as well as being responsible for public relations and stakeholder management. She is a food security specialist who has been working in the fields of policy research, journalism and marketing.
SokoText represents a fantastic low-tech approach that could really scale for decreasing the inefficiencies in urban slum markets
SokoText uses the power of mobile phones to aggregate demand in the slums and unlock wholesale prices for micro-entrepreneurs.
Small-scale vegetable sellers and kiosk owners are the gatekeepers and key players of food accessibility in urban slums. Yet a lack of capital means that they cannot afford to buy in bulk and pay to travel long distances to markets every day to buy just enough stock that will help them get by. SokoText leverages the widespread and increasing use of mobile phones in slums to solve these problems. We help micro-entrepreneurs become game-changers. With SokoText, they can boost their business while becoming the key agents that empower people living in the slums to eat better and healthier.
Joining SokoText has really changed my business: my customers are happy because they now get more for their money.
We have been running a successful pilot in Mathare Valley, Nairobi since the summer 2013.