Empowering Entrepreneurs
to change the world

Somo is the root of a Swahili word meaning "lesson".
We are called Somo because we all have lessons to learn from each other.
Visionary entrepreneurs exist in marginalized communities around the world.
Somo is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and pledges that
100% of donations go to funding our entrepreneurs.








Somo Academy is training and business coaching to help entrepreneurs optimize their business strategies.

Boost Biz

Boost Biz is a basic business program that focuses on existing small businesses to help upscale current operations.


Buruka is a training program focused on social entrepreneurs that is tailored to the needs of each entrepreneur and driven by market research.

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Chanuka is coaching provided by other Somo portfolio companies, Somo team and our volunteer advisors, both 1:1 and through group sessions.


This is a set of digital business training tools that are available through WhatsApp, YouTube and a toll-free number.

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Through Somo Invest we provide initial seed investments to businesses and connect them to growth partners for scale.


Somo provides non-repayable investments for the initial capital expenditures necessary to launch their ventures. Later stage funding is provided through pitch competitions and debt partners.


This is a USSD and WhatsApp platform that allows businesses to record their transactions in real-time.

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Somo Channels offers a platform to sell locally produced items from Kenya. Provide support at every stage of a bussiness value chain


A shared production facility that provides entrepreneurs with access to equipment, print services and standardized processes

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Somo Duka

Somo products are sold through both Somo’s and third party’s online and physical channels.

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Our Partners

Vodafone Americas Foundation Google Youth Business International KCJF Argidius DFID Big Ideas Marcho Partners Metta Ongoza PolishAid Optimiz Raba Tala La Chispa Genesis Trust Global Giving Jochnick Tunapanda The Owen Hart Foundation VoluCulture Mkono openideo Arifu Bestseller social capital openideo CatchaFire Amani Institue