Kasha, Popote Payments and Soko Watch crowned 2017 Sankalp Africa Award winners


Thee companies were selected as winners of this year’s Sankalp Africa Award. The three – one from Rwanda winning the first prize and two from Kenya coming in as first and second runners-up – were recognised during the Sankalp Summit in Nairobi, Kenya last week and awarded with trophies as the contest has no monetary reward.

Below are the three winners of the Sankalp Africa Award:

  1. Kasha – Established in Rwanda at the start of August 2016, Kasha confidentially sells and delivers women’s health products such as sanitary pads and contraceptives over a widely accessible mobile platform. The Kasha platform is built to operate in both urban and rural areas at scale and only requires access to a basic mobile phone to order and pay, no internet access or smartphone required. Kasha is building a brand focused on women’s empowerment for health and self-care while providing direct access to quality products and information.
  2. Popote Payments – Founded in 2015, Popote Payments (formerly Popote Wireless) operates a platform that enables businesses and individuals make and manage 100% of their payables digitally. It processes payments to a variety of endpoints (mobile, paybill, buygoods, bank accounts, debit/credit cards and online gateways), while automatically maintaining expense accounts and P&L with minimal user involvement. It can be used online or via the smartphone application and has none of the risks, delays and hidden charges associated with incumbent payment methods like cash, cheques, transfers and mobile money.
  3. Soko Watch – Sokowatch is a distribution and e-commerce platform for consumer goods for companies with a simple, consistent, and reliable distribution channel to meet the demands of the informal market. Shops order from Sokowatch via SMS and receive free delivery of their goods within 24 hours. The team of delivery agents, equipped with proprietary mobile technology, services over 5,000 shops across Nairobi while capturing critical data on each outlet. The firm annual revenue currently stands at US $650,000 (Kshs 67 million).

Winners of the Sankalp Africa Award from previous years have gone on to raise over US $500,000 in investments.

Speaking about the Sankalp Summit, Nisha Dutt, CEO Intellecap said, “Sankalp Forum is one of our largest initiatives and is aimed at bringing the community together to help solve the problems that face us through cutting edge innovation and high potential entrepreneurship. Sankalp today, in its 4th year in Africa has demonstrated the ability to drive action and influence outcomes, we’re very excited to host it once again, along with our partners.”

Sankalp Forum was initiated in India in 2009 by Intellecap to create a thriving ecosystem for business-led inclusive development. Over the past eight years, Sankalp has built one of the world’s largest impact enterprise focused platforms that has supported over 900 social enterprises with connections to over 400 investors, mentors, and business support providers. Over 40 social enterprises recognized by Sankalp have gone on to raise more than US $120 million in funding.