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Certified B Corporation Community in East Africa

NEW TO THE B CORP EAST AFRICA COMMUNITY

Kenya

VAVA COFFEE – a Social enterprise that exports, roasts and consults on coffee value chains, whose main aim is to contribute to better future prospects for coffee communities and the industry as a whole. The company ensures sustainable livelihoods for the people and communities in which it works. The farmers from whom Vava sources coffee are paid a fair and above-market price for the specialty coffee, ensuring sustainable livelihoods. Moreover, communities and disadvantaged individuals are integrated into the supply chain where possible to create job opportunities, the company also works with women and youth in informal settlements, who sew cloth pouches for Vava’s Coffee.

Strauss Energy is an energy enterprise that sells electricity to homeowners and the national utility grid. They do this by making solar roofing tiles that provide reliable and affordable power from renewable solar energy for the ever-rising housing demand.

Daproim Africa is an outsourcing social enterprise that offers quality and affordable volume data management services to research firms, multinational companies, governments, institutions, media companies, telecoms and corporations. Daproim Africa understands the challenges that youths face to meet monetary expectations in their country. That is why the company prides itself as one of the most recognized BPOs in Kenya stands out as a result of its key priority to impact sourcing.

Sustainable Business Consulting combines deep business insight through research to help clients make better decisions, convert those decisions to actions and deliver the sustainable success they desire. By providing innovative and practical solutions, they help their clients improve their business performance, create impact (both social and environmental), and build a sustainable competitive advantage.

Greyfos is a corporate sustainability and social responsibility firm that unites branding, sustainability and innovation to help organizations unleash shared value.

Greyfos business model uses market-based approaches to tackle sustainability challenges, B Corp certification gives us a much needed lift in this chosen direction.

ECO2LIBRIUM (ECO2) is a private company with operations in the Kakamega region of Western Kenya, Africa. To date, ECO2 has created over 400 jobs in an area known for staggering rates of unemployment. During the first four years of operations, ECO2 dedicated 85% of revenues to remain on the ground in Kenya. In partnership with Zurich-based Foundation myClimate, ECO2 continues to expand its operations throughout Western Kenya, setting up long-term employment opportunities by initiating conservation business activities that are overseen by a very capable senior staff, all of whom are local.

Kuza.One is a mobile-first micro-learning platform offering youth, women & micro-entrepreneurs from informal communities opportunities to learn, connect & grow on their own terms and at their own convenience.

Soko is a women-owned ethical lifestyle brand that leverages technology with human ingenuity to catalyze global supply chain innovation, partnering with artisan entrepreneurs to create thoughtful fashion for consumers who care and won’t compromise.

People living in the informal settlements (slums) face a lot of challenges ranging from high poverty levels, lack of clean water, poor living conditions, lack of schools and hospitals. Through a human-centered design process, Olivelink Healthcare started its operations in 2013 to provide affordable, quality, patient centered healthcare to people living within informal settlements (slums). In the five years that they have been in existence, they have actively responded to the needs of the Sinai community where they are based by offering a wide range of primary healthcare and maternity services.

EcoZoom is a social enterprise dedicated to bringing ecological products to the all the world’s consumers. They believe that all people should have access to beautifully designed products that will improve their health, income and environment. EcoZoom started with improved cookstoves because they saw that as one of the biggest needs in the world. They’re the company’s flagship products. But, their office in Kenya also sells solar lamps, water filters, and reusable sanitary pads to help create a more holistic healthy home solution and transform lives.

ClimateCare is a Profit for Purpose Company that believes that climate change, poverty and sustainable development cannot be tackled in isolation. Governments and business must work together to deliver the speed and scale of change required to secure a sustainable future. That’s why, for the past 18 years, they have mobilised the power and scale of both private and public finance for integrated Climate+Care programmes, which deliver positive environmental and social impacts around the world.

Sistema Biobolsa is an award-winning waste and resource management system that is economically accessible and technologically advanced. Their key innovation is reimagining biodigesters as high-quality, modern durable goods. Their prefabricated design creates the conditions needed to scale, and ensures quality control that is not possible with traditional designs. From their factory, they distribute a turnkey package globally that can be installed within hours. The flexible material and zero-waste packaging helps overcome last-mile distribution challenges, with full systems ready to install from tightly wrapped packages that are easy to transport.

Uganda

Mighty Ally is one part strategy consultancy and one part marketing agency – arming underserved changemakers in the fight to meet basic human needs. They align high-potential NGOs, nonprofits, and social enterprises through brand strategy and organizational health. Then they amplify their work with marketing, and through partnerships with for-profit brands. To make the most of their effort and keep changemaker costs low, they activate cross-sector allies along the way – marketing agencies, for-profit brands, funders, and proximate partners.

PCP as an impact fund Manager, looks to address the funding gap of small and medium enterprises in the agriculture sector within Sub-Sahara Africa through its four funds; AAC, ASIF, AACF and Yield Uganda. To date they have invested in 36 businesses.

Ethiopia

Oliberté is a Canadian premium leather goods company that sources its materials from and manufactures in Africa, creating and maintaining sustainable jobs. Established in 2009 with the intent to tap into the bustling fashion scene with high quality footwear and bags, Oliberté strives to prove that doing things differently is worthwhile (and good looking, to boot). Along the way, Oliberté is also mindful of the environment: the rubber used for soles is natural and the leather of the bags and footwear is hormone-free and free-range. Shoes that do.

Rwanda

Karisimbi Business Partners is a strategic advisory and investment services firm that takes a ‘hands-on’ approach to enterprise development in Rwanda and the East African region. Karisimbi Partners works directly with promising ventures to ensure business strategy, management and resources are aligned for company growth and success.

International B Corps in East Africa

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