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.
Their 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.
Sauti is a mobile-based tool for simplifying access to information on trading procedures and voicing incidents of corruption and harassment.
Anonymous Reporting for Border Crossings
Through their anonymous reporting mechanism they crowd-source data to map incidents of harassment and corruption at border crossings across East Africa.
Driving Advocacy and Partnerships
Traders can use their number to find out what documentation, taxes and tariffs are applicable to their products, and receive regular updates on changes to border procedures.
Empowering Africa's Cross-Border Traders with the Right Information
They work with civil society organisations to use data collected through their platform for evidence-based advocacy at community, national and regional levels.
Sauti means voice in Swahili and their 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.
Sauti Africa Limited is committed to returning 50%+1 of their profits back into simplifying access to trade and market information for cross-border traders and improving social accountability at border crossings.
THEIR PLAN OF ACTION
Thanks to the generous support of D-Prize, they are piloting their service at three border crossings in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, with the goal of servicing the whole East African Community within two years.