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How Kakuma Ventures Addresses the Challenges Faced by People on the Receiving End of Aid

Meet Innocent – Founder and Managing Director of Kakuma Ventures. He wrote an opinion piece on cash voucher assistance (CVA) that was published by Cash Learning Partnership on September 23. The 5-minute read emphasized the mission and vision of Kakuma Ventures by reopening conversations on the microeconomics of the poor, the dignity of beneficiaries, value…Read more

How Kakuma Ventures is changing lives in Kakuma Refugee Camp

Kakuma Ventures has been around in the Kakuma refugee camp for just 4 years. During this time, the enterprise founded and led by the refugees themselves embarked on a critical mission to identify and solve one critical problem affecting the people confined to Kakuma camp to solve most problems across different sectors. Something that captured…Read more

Enabling Access to Learning in Kakuma Refugee Camp and Kalobeyei Settlement

We are making big progress! It is back-to-school season in Kakuma Refugee camp and Kalobeyei settlement where Kakuma Ventures provides Wi-Fi coverage with 17 access points in 6 Wi-Fi zones. Students, parents, and teachers in this part of the world are grateful, but also wondering what will happen amid the pandemic! Our goal is to…Read more

Winner of Grant to Promote WiFi Hotspot in Kakuma 1

We recently won a grant from Lutheran World Federation to serve refugees in Kakuma. We are building WiFi Hotspot service for educational centers and cafes. We have an update! We recently were awarded a grant from the Lutheran World Foundation to extend our wifi hotspot to youth centers and cafe’s around Kakuma Block 1 at…Read more

Winner of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s GSBI Social Entrepreneurship at the Margins Accelerator

Today, we are excited to announce that we were selected to join the GSBI Social Entrepreneurship Acclerator. Our schedule will be as follows. 1. Introduction – October 2019 2. Impact Model – November 2019 3. Business Model – December 2019 4. Growth Plan – January 2020 *Midway assessment completed by GSBI* – February 2020 5.…Read more

Selected Finalist for OpenIDEO Bridge Builder Challenge

Kakuma Ventures has been selected top 50 applicant out of 600 for the OpenIdeo Bridge Builder challenge. https://www.openideo.com/challenge-briefs/bridgebuilder2 With our goal to raise $100,000 to build out our supply chain and logistics warehouse, this is a key first step.  Tweet

Massive Flooding in Kakuma

There is massive flooding in Kakuma following heavy rains in the region. Kakuma soil is believed to be unpenetratable by water and poor drainage system is worsening the situation. Bridges and roads linking to major cities are flooding causing a delay and shortage of supplies delivery to the camp. Roads aroumd the camp are unpassable…Read more

About the Grand Challenges Humanitarian Application

From the website: http://www.grandchallenges.ca/funding-opportunities/ Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact®. Funded by the Government of Canada and other partners, Grand Challenges Canada funds innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada. The bold ideas Grand Challenges Canada supports integrate science and technology, social and business innovation – known as…Read more

Application Questions

Our application for Grand Challenges is about a new logistics and supply chain model for the camp. Kakuma Ventures Mission: Building a logistics and supply chain center for small businesses focused on basic living needs of those in a refugee camp. Our goal is to start businesses that use existing technology to solve food, water,…Read more

Business Plan

Relief agencies normally spend as much as 80% of their proceeds on logistics and supply chain, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres. KV wants to fill the gap that UN and other humanitarian agencies have in spending on logistics to reach refugees. Our innovation, again, focuses on providing fresh water, food,…Read more

Calling All Partners

Kakuma Ventures operates as a cooperative and a partnership. We work together on different businesses and share the profits based on pre-agreed terms for each business. We understand that if businesses succeed, we are all better off. Our goal in the end is to create a venture capital partnership – just like in Silicon Valley. We…Read more

Kakuma Ventures Launches Logistics Business Plan

With the successful crowd-funding campaign of $1300, we have purchased our first motorbike to begin delivery of water to local schools and homes. This is also used for basic transport and delivery around the camp. Thank you! Tweet

Our Story

“In May 2017 I (Kurt) visited Kakuma to teach an entrepreneurship class. I had been traveling Africa for nearly half a year by that time and one of my goals was to visit a refugee camp so to better understand the situation displaced people faced. Luckily during a hike in the Congo, I met Aurore Vermylen who said she had a way I could visit Kakuma. Aurore

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