Malian Insurtech startup OKO raises $1.2 million


Malian Insurtech startup, OKO has closed a Seed funding of $1.2 million. The funding  round used to be led by Newfund and ResiliAnce, with Mercy Corps Mission, Techstars, ImpactAssets and RaSa moreover collaborating.

OKO uses satellite knowledge to make clear the likelihood and have insurance protection products for farmers in rising markets. These products are then dispensed the use of cellular technologies. These moreover enable the series of premiums and payment of claims. 

It currently operates in Mali and Uganda. With the contemporary funding, OKO objectives to crimson meat up its presence in Mali and Uganda and build bigger its choices to more African markets, initiating with Ivory Wing.

“Agriculture is by far the ideal source of occupation in Africa, with an estimated 33 million farms. And but, farmers are deprived from classic financial companies and products delight in insurance protection and loans. We are the use of know-how to resolve this trouble and steady the income of those farmers,” mentioned Simon Schwall, founding father of OKO.

Left to Appropriate: Simon Schwall, the founding father of Oko Finance

Basically based by Simon Schwall (a French national) and Shehzad Lokhandwall (an Indian national), OKO takes pride in being the most inclusive nick insurance protection obtainable. All farmers prefer to join to OKO is a cellular phone (no smartphone required): they might be able to dial a transient code to develop more knowledge and pay through cellular money companies and products. To stop this level of accessibility, the firm partners with cellular operators.

The firm already has approximately 7,000 paying clients in Mali and compensated more than 1,000 farmers final 365 days, who were struggling from floods. OKO’s clients customarily grow maize, cotton, sesame or millet. OKO moreover works with agro-industries to befriend them with their sustainability targets and steady their relationships with suppliers. A success pilots were accomplished with ABInBev and Touton in Uganda.

“We are looking ahead to about present development in iOT and data availability will outcome within the upward thrust of parametric insurance protection in Africa for the profit of the native populations. Simon and his crew hold constructed steady bases in Mali from which OKO can now build bigger in contemporary countries and provide contemporary insurance protection products.” Augustin Sayer, accomplice at Newfund, mentioned.

This announcement is a trademark that InsurTech is rising as a critical force bridging the opening of financial inclusion during Sub-Saharan Africa. 

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