Organisation: iCow

When Indigo started funding in Africa four years ago, we set out to do something that we felt other funders weren’t doing. Not only did we feel that the potential impact of mobile and web technology was ripe and should be supported, we also recognised that many organisations – particularly small, local ones – needed […]

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This quarter’s edition of the Bertha Centre for Innovation (University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business)’s magazine Inside:Out explores Financing for social ventures and would make great reading for many of our followers.  On page 14-17, I explore our approach to funding, looking at why we take risks, with small grants, across a diverse […]

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Indigo grantee iCow have been doing some research work to understand the impact they’ve been having. By their own admission, the dataset is tiny, but the results make for interesting reading and are an indication of the impact that iCow is having, at least on some farmers. Safaricom i cow farmer testimonials from indigotrust

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Check out this fascinating interview with an iCow service user. It’s great to hear the impact the app is having first hand! 2014 is set to be an important year for iCow. Plans are already being set in motion to expand the company, release new products and continue iCow’s push towards financial sustainability. With some […]

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I’ve written another article for CNN.  This article explores how increasing access to information, strengthening civil society, amplifying the citizen voice and supporting professionals who are providing services to society’s poorest should result in positive change for society.  It mentions lots of our grantees.  Find out who by reading it here.

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iCow is one of our most successful grantees. It has been featured in the Guardian, in MIT Technology Review and many more. This level of coverage is entirely deserved; iCow is starting to impact on farmer’s lives.  They’re increasing their income through increased milk yields and decreased disease outbreaks and are willing to pay for the […]

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If you’re familiar with Indigo, you may know we have been supporting iCow in Kenya for quite a while now. In a nutshell, iCow produce easy-to-use mobile tools to help dairy farmers look after their cows and increase milk yields. It’s simple stuff, but can be remarkably effective. Recently, they announced a partnership with leading […]

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As readers of our blog will know, we have been supporting Kenyan agricultural start-up, iCow, for a while. Yesterday, they announced the details of their partnership with leading mobile operator Safaricom. Here is our take on iCow’s journey to date and our thoughts on this partnership. Our Executive Loren Treisman said ‘The Indigo Trust first […]

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The typical depiction of technological innovation is one that goes from a lab or company in the US or Europe to the markets of the developed worlds and then, after a certain period of time, spreads to all other parts of the world. Working in the field of tech for social change, however, makes you […]

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This is the first in a mini-series of posts that will examine some of the lessons we have learnt from our funding of specific areas within our broader mission of using ICT to spur social innovation and change in Africa. The area in question today is agriculture.

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