Kenya’s Tech industry continues to attract Global VC’s
By ASV Client Relations
Global VC’s confidence in Kenya’s Tech industry holds steady
Kenyan agriculture insurance start-up Pula – has raised $6 million from global venture capital (VCs) backers for their Africa and Asia expansion initiatives.
The funding round was led by Pan-African early-stage venture capital firm, TLcom Capital, with participation from non-profit Women’s World Banking.
The Nairobi based Pula that specialises in digital and agricultural insurance (InsurTech) to de-risk smallholder farmers across 13 markets in Africa – conferred that the funding will help boost its local expansion in Kenya and beyond the African continent.
“With our latest funding, now is the time to break into new ground,” said Pula co-founder Rose Goslinga in a statement.
Founded by Goslinga and Thomas Njeru in 2015, Pula conveys that it delivers agricultural insurance and digital products to help smallholder farmers navigate climate risks, improve their farming practices and bolster their incomes over time.
Small farmers produce up to 80% of the food supply in Africa and Asia, and face a 90% chance of crop loss due to factors beyond their control, such as pest outbreaks and severe drought.
However, most of these farmers don’t have any form of crop insurance. If they lose their crops, they lose their entire income, and as such, can only hope for a better harvest next season.
Pula says it provides farmers with insurance bundled with inputs (such as seeds and fertiliser), and farmer advisory services to help increase their yields and boost and protect their income.
“In our five years since launching, we’ve built strong traction for our products. However, the fact remains that across Africa and other emerging markets, there are still millions of smallholder farmers with risks to their livelihoods that have not been covered,” said co-founder, Goslinga.
Last year, Pula won the InsurTech of the Year Award during the sixth annual African Insurance Awards at an event held in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Kenyan company, which operates in 13 African countries, won the award for its role in managing over 4.3 million smallholder farmers through their Area Risk Index and yield insurance product.
Source: African Strategic-Ventures (ASV) & Business Daily Africa.