Lessons Learned

Recently, our very own Bruce Lule, gave a talk to members of the Nairobi Garage about his journey thus far and experience in the African investment ecosystem. Click here to read all about it.

KOKO Networks – 100K and growing fast

Earlier this month, KOKO Networks celebrated an encouraging sales milestone, as Grace Njenga became the 100,000th household customer on our clean fuels platform.

Yesterday, some of our team members visited Grace in Thika, a fast-growing town on the northeast edge of Nairobi to celebrate. Grace is a mother-of-three, who works as a cook at a nearby quarrying site – so she knows a great cooking solution when she sees one! She was thrilled to learn she had been awarded a year’s supply of free KOKO Fuel.

KOKO offers customers a safe and modern 2-burner cooking solution, at less than half the price of competing modern solutions.

Grace explained that she was drawn to KOKO because of the convenience of fast and clean cooking, while she can now save money on her monthly cooking fuel spend. She also enjoys the option of buying fuel in small bundles, which she now does at her local KOKO Agent shop – one of 700 across greater Nairobi.

Sales have been rapidly accelerating in recent months, as KOKO Fuel crosses from the early adoption stage into widespread mass-market use.

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Savannah brands

Savannah Brands

Savannah Brands Press Release

Savannah Brands was set up to address the market gap in Kenya for quality food and beverage products that champion the African story. The company uses African produce to create food and beverage products that are tailored to African tastes. All products are ‘Made in Africa, for Africans’.

The company has launched products in three categories under two brands. The beverage brand, Kenyan Originals, is an alcoholic fruit cider and iced tea range blended with 100% real Kenyan fruit and tea. Products include a Lime & Ginger Cider, and Hibiscus & Lime Iced Tea. A truly Kenyan product with a Kenyan kick.

Kenya Originals

The snack brand, Nairobi Nibbles, is a range of delicious guilt-free snacks made with 100% real fruit. These include coconut crisps, mango bites and a kids’ range. Dried not fried, they provide a tasty but healthier alternative to confectionery and crisps.

Nairobi Nibbles

Moving forward, the company will continue to focus on building a range of food and beverage products that cater to local tastes.

In the space of 18 months, Savannah Brands has managed to launch 3 new product ranges in a market where innovation in the food and beverage space is rare. These products are listed in big retailers including Carrefour, Chandarana, Shoprite, Zucchini and Healthy U and the company continues to build its distribution network.

Founders Testimonial

Chandaria Capital have a wealth of knowledge on the local market which has helped Savannah Brands gauge a more realistic view of what will or won’t work in this market. Their access to a relevant local network has been invaluable to a business such as Savannah Brands where we are just getting off the ground. This network cuts across the value chain, from manufacturers, right through to distributors and customers.

Based on their extensive experience in manufacturing and retail, they understand the challenges local manufacturers like Savannah Brands face. As a result, they can provide practical and actionable solutions to help the business tackle problems and continue to grow.


Founder: Alexandra Chappatte

Year Founded: 2018


Savannah Brands Website

Nairobi Nibbles Facebook Page

Kenyan Original Facebook Page

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