Local Entrepreneurship

Somo puts its communities at the center of driving development and growth, with a locally led team that helps Somo continuously improve its tools and programs to adapt to current and local contexts.

Building Businesses

We believe that the best way to build a thriving economy is to invest in entrepreneurs. That's why we connect entrepreneurs creating solutions that matter to investors that care, so they can succeed together!

Creating Jobs

Micro and small businesses are the largest job creator across East Africa. We partner with businesses to help them grow and generate meaningful employment.

Entrepreneurs to
Change the World

Somo supports micro and small business owners with everything they need to grow, be sustainable, and create more jobs in their communities. Somo envisions a world where local entrepreneurs are provided the resources—knowledge, financing and markets—needed to create real change.

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.

Enabling Africa's
Growing Startups







Somo Entrepreneurs

Discover what Somo's entrepreneurs have developed for their communities

Education Startups

Revolutionizing the way in which Africa improves student outcomes to enhance individualized education

Agricultural Startups

Delivering a better agronomic results to farmers and consumers

Service Startups

Providing solutions and systems to improve the quality of life of others


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& advisory programs


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jobs and impacts lives


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entrepreneurial skills

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Somo taught me so much!

Through Somo Academy, I have learnt so much about maintaining my own business. I hav grown very much as an entrepreneur with the help of Somo and my business has now four Investors

-Meryl Y.


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