About Us

History

Akili’s founder Haron Wachira, was a consultant with UNDP for 2 years to establish the causes of endemic poverty in 20 constituencies spread across Kenya, and to develop possible ways out. The project proposed a slate of micro-industries that could potentially create meaningful employment in a large-scale in each of these counties. The business model for the Akili Group was inspired by this study.

Vision, Mission & Core Values

Vision

To be a leader in the creation of business models for sustainable holistic economic development in rural households

Mission

We co-invest with communities and, in partnership with social investors, donors and government, provide the tools and assistance necessary to implement holistic, sustainably profitable, value adding programmes in rural communities.

Core Values

  • Integrity: We aim, in all our business to uphold integrity
  • Transparency: We seek to maintain transparency with our partners and stakeholders
  • Fairness: We seek to ensure fairness for all members of every value chain programme we engage in
  • Value Addition: We are committed to value addition for all within our value chains, and especially to donor and benefit the poor.

We Are a Catalyst

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We Are an Enabler

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We Are a Partner

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We Are a Mentor

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We empower individual farmers in rural communities to realize their potential, holistically

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The Problems We seek to Solve

In many communities in Kenya:

  • Agricultural production is generally unprofitable – subsidized by ‘diaspora’-based relatives, government and/or NGOs
  • Education is valued, highly funded, but almost NEVER applied in small-scale agriculture.
  • Common: A general state of poverty, except among traders, brokers and the employed, eg teachers. Result: rapid urban migration to overstretched cities.
  • In nearly all rural communities (which account for 80% of Kenya’s population) there is progressive deterioration: of security; of the economy; of the environment; of the quality of life.

 

A dairy cow, for example is maintained at over Shs 300 ($3) but only produces 3 litres of milk, which fetch a maximum of Shs 100 ($1). Pastoralists keep a cow for five years, at a cost of around Shs 30,000 ($300) only to sell it for Shs 15,000 ($150) or lose it during drought.

Our Approach

Entire Value Chain Approach

The Akili implements Entire Value Chain Interventions: Organisation; institutionalisation; practical learning; credit facilitation; technical assistance; tools/mechanisation — with a view to empowering members of rural communities to implement economically sustainable activity. In an entire value chain designed production activity, profit is realised and shared equitably at every level of the programme. 

Achieving Long-Term Change

An entire value chain focus examines every aspect of an intended value chain, and institutionalises the mechanisms for overcoming all identified challenges. Akili, therefore, works with members of the respective community, social development partners, research institutions and government to address the plethora of challenges that contribute to the endemic cycles of poverty that define our rural areas: loss-making production, environmental degradation, rural-urban migration, hygiene, health and practical application of knowledge.

Improved Quality of Life

With improved techniques, contractual assurances and profit, Akili Community members stimulate rural economies and bring about greater prosperity, education & health to rural areas: the key to lasting economic security for themselves and their families. Since 2010, we have established ourselves as a leader in creating and adding value in rural communities.

The
Akili Group

Akili’s business model addresses all the components in a value chain to address inefficiency, production accountability, economies of scale, credit (funding) and facilitate value addition. Each of the components is coordinated by a specialized social venture that works with or through communities, namely:

Akili Technologies

Akili Technologies develops and maintains the Akili eT, our software platform for value chain management. Akili Technologies also supports community based organizations install and operate the MIFOS platform, a shareware cooperative management system developed by the Grameen Foundation.

Akili Development Sacco

Akili Development Sacco (ADS) is a value chain supportive cooperative that funds the establishment of value chains.

Akili Foods

Through Akili Foods Ltd we process (add value) products for sale as finished goods, and also semi-process vegetables and grains for export.

Akili Development Organization

Through Akili Development Organization (ADO), we organize communities into accountable units, provide capacity building and coordinate extension services.
Through ADO we also provide consultancy services in the development of  last mile; carbon offset services. We also consult with organizations supporting value chain development programmes in rural areas.

The Akili  Team

The Akili Group Headquarters Team

The Akili Group Headquarters Team is responsible for sourcing and maintaining partnerships and facilitating management across the entire Akili organization.

The eTransact Team

The eTransact Team develops, enhances and deploys the eT system at the individual, aggregation centre, value addition and market levels. Information from the eT system is consolidated in a national portal (link to portal).

Field Team

Akili’s field management team is diverse, comprising extension workers, agronomists, agricultural infrastructure specialists, researchers, engineers and logistics management professionals. Their goal, combined is one: to facilitate efficient production at every member farm.
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