Connecting Markets

The Marketplace for African Agriculture Products that unites Impact Investing and Commodity Trading with Technology in an innovative approach to empower Rural Africa

Dutch Agtech

We use Cloud, NFC and Blockchain to create digital IDs of the coffees, immutable data records of the producers and the provenance and route of the coffees in full transparency to all supply chain players. We use data records to build farmers' IDs to unlock microloans and enable financial inclusion in rural Africa.

Trading as a Service

Whether you need to move goods across continents, finance and insure cargoes, build inventories in consumption markets or hedge commodity prices, you can count on the Almacena service. We manage the risks and we take the responsibility. You pay for the service you use. No intermediaries; no black boxes.

Real Impact

We shorten the supply chain to create efficiencies for both sides on the commodity trade. We bring producers out of anonymity and facilitate relationships. We create higher income, we promote sustainable practices and reward gender balanced approach to business. Our goal is to impact 800 000 smallholders across East Africa until 2025.

Our Mission and Vision

COMMODITY TRADING AS A SERVICE TO EMPOWER RURAL AFRICA

Sub-Saharan countries hard currency revenues come mostly from export of agricultural products like coffee and tea. However, little value is retained by the local economy. One of the reasons is the lack of affordable finance alternatives to the local agriculture business and therefore the pressure to sell the production and export raw commodities as soon as possible. Furthermore, African producers’ income locally is a direct function of the international prices which are very volatile and African specialty coffee growers and small traders typically have no means to reach final consumer markets or sell directly to final buyers.

Almacena offers a new model to challenge and disrupt this paradigm. We are backed by impact investors interested to make an impact and empower the African business to unlock their potential.

MORE ON IMPACT

Coffee and Tea production in East Africa is a smallholder activity: 400.000 households in Rwanda, 600.000 households in Burundi, 400.000 households in Tanzania, 1.700.000 households in Uganda, etc. These are the communities that need most attention to transform the local economies and boost economic activity. At Almacena Platform, we believe with the help of private individuals acting as investors, we can collectively help Rural Africa achieve a better and more sustainable future. In the UN Framework of Sustainable Development Goals, we aim to address:
SDG 1

NO POVERTY

Giving African Growers and their families an affordable finance alternative in an intuitive and flexible manner

SDG 5

GENDER EQUALITY

Actively promoting Women-only Cooperatives and offering special rates of finance to stimulate women professional employment

SDG 8

DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Helping with job retention at Rural areas. Creating directly jobs for our African branches

SDG 10

REDUCED INEQUALITIES

Enabling Access to EU Markets and Higher Value Retention for the African Growers by offering financing at Destination Markets and Export Hubs

SDG 12

RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

Promoting Fair Trade, Organic and Best Agri Practices and Responsible Sourcing on our Platform

Dimo Yanchev

Dimo Yanchev

CEO

Jean Bosco K Aganze

Jean Bosco K Aganze

Business Dev East Africa
& Impact Lead

Juri Stoynov

Juri Stoynov

CTO

Emanuela Isac

Emanuela Isac

Marketing Manager

Presian Peykov

Presian Peykov

Back End Developer

Frederick Ssamula

Frederick Ssamula

Director Partnerships Africa

Sheba Thomas

Sheba Thomas

Business Development

Layla Siid

Layla Siid

Supply Chain Coordinator

Inigo Aresti

Inigo Aresti

Business Development

Danail Yordanov

Danail Yordanov

Lead Developer

Joseph Mukibi

Joseph Mukibi

Quality Control

Radina Arsova

Radina Arsova

Front End Developer

Lilian Kanyana

Lilian Kanyana

Operations Uganda

Patrick Ndagijimana

Patrick Ndagijimana

Commercial Officer
Rwanda

Aimé Nabunani

Aimé Nabunani

Commercial Officer DRC

Victoire Cimusa

Victoire Cimusa

Business Development Representative

Lorna Amongi

Lorna Amongi

Business Development Representative