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East Africa

The East Africa Chapter brings together ANDE Members supporting small and growing business in East Africa. We work with our members to identify common challenges that can be addressed collectively. This has led to a variety of programs, including developing a legal toolkit for enterprises in Kenya. In addition, the East Africa Chapter has hosted the ANDE Investment Manager Training workshop in Kenya, ANDE’s first Conference in Africa, an education roundtable, and other sector-specific events. Examples of these events include an agribusiness event in Tanzania and roundtables on invention-based entrepreneurship with The Lemelson Foundation.

The chapter also hosts quarterly meetings for members in Nairobi. These meetings are an opportunity for members to share best practices for supporting entrepreneurs in the region and to seek out opportunities for collaboration with one another. 

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If you would like further information on the East Africa chapter, please contact any member of our regional staff, listed below. The ANDE Chapter in East Africa operates in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. 

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Latest News

Uganda Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Project Launched 

In November 2017, with funding from the Argidius Foundation, the Dutch Good Growth Fund, and the Small Foundation, and with support from the Shell Foundation, Swiss Development Corporation, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ANDE launched a request for proposals (RFP) for an entrepreneurial ecosystem initiative for Uganda. Learn more about the project here. 

Additionally, in August 2017, the ANDE East Africa Chapter completed a mapping of the Ugandan Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. This snapshot provides a quick overview of who is doing what to support entrepreneurs in the country. Get your copy here. 

What We do

  • Quarterly Member Meetings to share initiatives and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Connections with Local Actors: The Chapter has helped ANDE members who are not based in the region to make connections with local actors. 
  • Workshops: ANDE, in collaboration with Care International, the Rockefeller Foundation, USAID and Acumen, hosted a workshop on early stage incubation for social enterprises in East Africa in December 2012. Full report here. Executive summary here. More recently, in February 2015, we hosted a workshop for entrepreneurs on understanding the investment process, which included a legal toolkit for enterprises that was developed by the ANDE Legal Working Group. 
  • Regional Sector Meetings: The Chapter has facilitated SGB sector meetings in Kigali, Dar es Salaam and Kampala.
  • Investment Manager Training: The ANDE Investment Manager Training was hosted by the chapter in June 2013 in Nairobi with 30 regional and international participants.
  • Roundtable Discussions: Convened a roundtable to strengthen the ecosystem that supports Invention-based business in East Africa, with a grant from the Lemelson Foundation, and contributed to a global report on Impact Inventing. The East Africa Chapter also has held roundtables on education-focused entrepreneurship in Kenya, and on Agribusiness in Tanzania. 

Upcoming Meetings and Events

The East Africa Chapter regularly hosts meetings and events for the small and growing business sector. This includes quarterly meetings, forums, and more. Please see our events calendar for more information, or check back here regularly for updates. 

ANDE Members Active in East Africa

Click here to see a map of ANDE Members working in East Africa.


Senior Regional Chapter Manager, East Africa: Mary Mwangi
Mary joined ANDE in 2012 as the East Africa Chapter Coordinator, and was promoted to Regional Chapter Manager in June 2015. Previously she has worked with the African Venture Capital Association. Mary is passionate about development entrepreneurship and has authored a research paper on the efficacy of tertiary education and business development services in promoting and supporting youth entrepreneurship in Kenya. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from United States International University, Chandaria Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Political Science from the University of Nairobi. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management at Strathmore University.  Mary is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). If you would like further information on the East Africa chapter, please email Mary.

Senior Program Coordinator, East Africa: Antony Maina

Antony joined ANDE in May 2017 as a senior program coordinator for the East Africa chapter. He previously worked as a regional communications and advocacy officer for the Parenting in Africa Network. Prior to that he was a communications officer for The African Institute for Children Studies. Antony has a long-standing interest in helping the world’s most vulnerable populations and strongly believes that entrepreneurial endeavors can help move people out of poverty. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from Moi University. 



Program Associate, East Africa: Khatuchi Khasandi

Khatuchi Khasandi joined ANDE in May 2016 as an East Africa Chapter Program Coordinator. Previously, she worked as a Program Officer in charge of the development department with the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Kenya. Prior to that, she was a Program Officer at Sustainable Development For All Kenya, and a Program Associate with Village Enterprise in Uganda and Kenya. She brings her experience in program design and management, impact measurement, and operations and partnership management to the team. Khatuchi is passionate about development and sees social entrepreneurship as the means to sustainably address the development issues in the region.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & Sociology) and a Minor in Literature from Kenyatta University in Kenya and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the same university.

Program Coordinator, East Africa, Edna Karanja

Edna Karanja joined ANDE in May 2017 as an East Africa Program Coordinator. Previously, she worked as a finance project officer with the Supporting Access to Justice for Children and Youth in East Africa Project (SAJCEA) funded by the Canadian Bar Association, where she gained extensive experience working with children in conflict with the law and those in need of care and protection. She brings her experience in project management, proposal writing, grants management and network building to the team. She has a Master of Arts in Project Planning & Management and a Bachelor of Art, Sociology & Psychology from the University of Nairobi.



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