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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