Billions of emerging market customers shop on a daily basis...
...at ~30-40 million small mom and pop shops... (Swahili: ‘Duka’)
...spending ~$3.5 trillion every year on groceries.
Most traditional retailers fundamentally trade cash for goods and if they record any of their transactions, they do so in a simple paper notebook. As such, they lack digital transaction records that might enable them to receive loans or store credit for their business. They are invisible to customers outside of their immediate neighborhood and disconnected from modern retail ecosystems. Although they are crucial sales agents for the world's most valuable brands, they are disconnected and depend on layers of middle men. Until now…
Mia von Koschitzky Kimani
Chairman of the Board
DukaConnect was founded out of a commitment to empower the small business owners who together make up the bulk share of trade in emerging markets. Our motivation came from Eston's and Mia's strong connection with emerging trade in Africa and our collective desire to utilize technology to transform the lives of billions of people who continue to lack access to it. We started our prototyping journey in 2016 and have been fine-tuning our neural networks since 2017, building the first fully-mobile AI platform for traditional retail. We're still working to realize our dream of transforming trade in emerging markets to bring out its full potential. Come join us – we're hiring!