Sauti

Sauti was founded by Julia Lipowiecka, Lance Hadley and Diego Hakspiel. Sauti is an SMS-based platform for simplifying trade procedures for small cross-border traders and using crowd-sourced data to map incidents of harassment and corruption at border crossings across East Africa. Sauti means voice in Swahili and our mission is to empower cross-border traders to exercise their rights as citizens of the East African Community – able to trade freely and legally across borders and stand up for their rights with a loud and clear voice. We will work with civil society organisations to use data collected through our platform for evidence-based advocacy at community, national and regional levels. During the next nine months we will pilot our platform at two major border crossings in East Africa, with the goal of servicing the whole East African Community within two years.