How I Give: Solving problems for small businesses in Africa with Daniel Yu

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From Founder to Philanthropist

How I Give is a Founders Pledge podcast about entrepreneurship, philanthropy and social change. We talk to founders, philanthropists and social innovators about what drives them, how they are rethinking social impact, and how we can do philanthropy better.

Episode 9

Solving problems for small businesses in Africa with Daniel Yu, Founder & Global CEO of Sokowatch

Originally from the US, Daniel Yu is an entrepreneur and software developer who has worked and travelled across more than 65 countries. Currently based in Kenya, he is the Founder and Global CEO of Sokowatch, an amazing organisation transforming business for informal retail shops across sub-Saharan Africa, which sell over $600 billion in goods each year. Sokowatch supports these shops by allowing them to place orders at any time through SMS or mobile app, with free same-day delivery of goods to their shop along with customised lines of credit to enable them to grow. The company works with tens of thousands of merchants across Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda while partnering with companies such as Unilever and Procter & Gamble.

In this episode of How I Give, we speak to Daniel about his unique entrepreneurial journey, his philanthropy and why he decided to take the pledge.

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Philip Kasumu


Philip joined Founders Pledge as Growth Lead for Europe in January 2020. He has spent the last few years building health and wellness tech products in both London and New York. He’s extremely passionate about tackling the global issue of obesity and diabetes in particular the impact of fizzy drinks. In addition to his passion for health and wellness reform Philip truly does drink the startup kool-aid and regularly nerds out on his weekly podcast Startup Handmedowns where he sits down with successful founders.

Philip studied Accounting and Management at the University of Essex.