Digital lunch voucher provider, Apptivate Africa, has partnered with tech-based company, KOKO Networks to deliver clean and affordable cooking energy to food joints across Nairobi. Amidst rising living costs, the partnership ensures affordable access for vendors to a modern, clean and convenient cooking solution, branded KOKO Fuel.
Apptivate Africa develops, manages and implements employee benefit and rewards schemes through a mobile phone-based solution that is used within a network of merchants who are affiliated with the company. It has developed M- Kula, a digital lunch voucher targeting Kenyan employers and available in Kenya’s major cities. It also runs M-Tuza, a multi-store digital voucher that can be redeemed at over 200
KOKO Networks is a venture-backed technology company for life in the world’s fastest-growing cities. With over 500 staff based in East Africa & India, the company operates within the energy, media and retail sectors. KOKO Fuel is the first consumer solution, delivered in partnership with Vivo Energy Kenya. KOKO’s first Network of Agent shops is live in Nairobi, enabling access to clean bioethanol cooking fuel within a short walk of all customer homes.
Of the more than 300 restaurants and vibandas listed on Apptivate’s M-Kula platform, 60 food vendors will be the first beneficiaries of this initiative, and can save around Ksh400 (less than $4) per day on cooking fuel expenses when they migrate from the use of charcoal and wood fuel to the ultra-safe, modern and clean KOKO Cooker, which now retails for Ksh4,500 ($45).
Neil Ribeiro, CEO of Apptivate Africa, explained that the partnership is aligned with the firm’s mission to contribute to the better health and well-being of employees, while helping merchants on M-Kula grow their businesses.
“We believe that when our merchants use greener, safer and more affordable cooking energy, it will result in cleaner meals, healthier and more productive employees, and more profitable businesses,” he said.
According to the Kenyan Ministry of Health, more than 400 Kenyans die every week from diseases attributable to indoor air pollution, with more than 21,500 deaths every year. Many of those most adversely affected are mothers and children in homes, and workers in professional kitchens.
“By saving money on cooking fuel, Apptivate subscribers can grow their business, for example by increasing capacity, or broadening their range of menu items. Our goal is to keep all Kenyans away from dirty cooking practices that drive indoor air pollution,” Greg Murray, CEO of KOKO Networks, commented.
The initiative enables customised instalment plans so vendors can conveniently manage the cost of switching to KOKO Fuel without straining their pockets. Merchants decide on how many Cookers they would like to have, and a payment plan is created with instalments from as little as Ksh200 (about$2) per day. There is an option to make a one-off payment, if the buyer prefers. KOKO Fuel is available at 700 “KOKO Point” Fuel ATMs, located inside Agent shops across greater Nairobi, from areas such as Thika to Kiserian, and from Limuru to Kitengela.