Villgro Kenya January Newsletter

Villgro Kenya hit the ground running this year with site visits to portfolio companies across East Africa. These visits help entrepreneurs in their business growth and development and provides a real time assessment of their progress while also giving us an opportunity to identify areas where Villgro Kenya can add strategic value.

KMET/CMHI broaden their reach across the Counties
The Center for Maternal Health Innovations (CMHI) continues to build a strong presence in the counties, especially in maternal emergencies such as Postpartum Hemorrhage through their Every Second Matters for Mothers and Babies - Uterine Balloon TamponadeTM (ESM-UBT).

Rob Beyer Villgro Kenya Executive Chair is actively supporting the Kisumu-based team as they position CMHI for accelerated growth and impact. CMHI continues to make gains in the country as market leaders in maternal health interventions, leveraging the success of ESM-UBT. The partnership between KMET/CMHI, Villgro Kenya, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School aims to develop a quality holistic Postpartum Hemorrhage Emergency Care Kit which will streamline emergency maternal care in delivery facilities across Kenya.

MamaOpe develop strategy  their stage of product development and intellectual property
Dr. Robert Karanja Villgro Kenya CEO, led MamaOpe in a session on introspection in order to chart a strategic way forward for the year including the development of their annual operations plan for 2020, while reviewing fundraising strategies, intellectual property vis a vis their progress in product development.

clinicPesa Set to Launch Pilot
It’s all systems go for clinicPesa’s pilot. The innovative healthcare financing platform for the uninsured in Uganda has successfully signed a contract with MTN Uganda.

clinicPesa is now fully integrated with MTN and available within the MTN mobile money menu, the clinicPesa website and clinicPesa Android application.

Portfolio Manager Gibson Muriuki is often in Uganda working with the team on business model validation and their fundraising strategy. The team has expanded with 25 new hires, who will help fast track the healthcare onboarding process.
clinicPesa CEO appreciates Villgro Kenya - “Through Villgro Kenya’s support, we designed a B2C pilot product with the aim of testing the employer’s willingness to guarantee employees for medical credit and willingness to have savings as a benefit by employees.”