About Us

Grassroots Economics is a non-profit foundation that seeks to empower marginalized communities to take charge of their own livelihoods and economic future. We focus on community development through economic empowerment and community currency programs. Beneficiaries of our programs include small businesses and people living in informal settlements as well as rural areas. 

Our goal is to improve the lives of those who are most vulnerable. 

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Through our technology partners we are building systems that let  communities digitally create their own currencies and allow them to trade on regional economic markets that are built from the ground up

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Blockchain technology provides underlying protocols that allow Community Currencies to trade with each other directly and maintain collateral.

Our work builds on a rich history of community programs in Africa. We have implemented community currency programs in 45 locations across Kenya and assisted with 2 in South Africa and helped more than 25,000 small businesses, churches and schools take an active role in their own economy and development. We are currently developing programs all over Kenya and providing technical support for those outside Kenya.

HISTORY

 

2010

On average profits increased in 20

ECO-PESA

This program was launched as a backed currency model with 75 Businesses taking part in three informal settlements near Kongowea, Mombasa. The currency was backed by donor funds and accomplished some amazing community service and environmental goals in partnership with Green World Campaign while increasing local trade for a year period.

 

20 tonnes of trash collected 1000's of trees were planted

Meet The Team

Board of directors

Caroline Dama

Will Ruddick

Team 

Louis Holbrook

Senior Sofware Developer

Antony Ngoka

Field Officer

Benjamin Scholtz

DevOps Guru

 

Fransisca (Mami) Achieng

Field Support Engineer

James Zaki

Blockchain Developer

Janet Treezer

Support Engineer

Ruth Njau

Senior Field Officer

Philip Wafula

Software Developer

Damaris Njoroge

Administration Officer

Sylvia Karanja

Data Quality Engineer

Vivian Olaki

Support Engineer

Amina Godana

Support Engineer

Our sponsors and partners include

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A special thanks to our advisors and individual sponsors

Holger Hoffmann-Riem

Jeff Emmet

Griff Greene

Fennie Wang

Reba Chabeda

Counsel Reza Zain Jaufeerally

Jimmy Heyns

Thomas H. Greco, Jr.

Carmen Mauk

Professor Jem Bendell


Robert Mutsaers

​Ahmed Maawy

Thibaud Dezyn, Jimmy Heyns, Henk Van Arkel, Elvis Ogweno, Annette Loudon, Chris Lindstrom, Christina Bordes, Elizabeth Weiland, Gilfrid Powys, Loucéro Mariani, Jim and Ellen Wagner, The Ruddick Family, The Kowa Family, Dawn Richards, Edmond Oklahoma United Methodist Women, Prof. Dr. Margrit Kennedy, Prof. Declan Kennedy, Dr. Jeremy Bendell, Xenia Heinze, Association TAOA, Jamie Brown, Kevin Cox, Sergio Lub, Hayem Etienne, Edgar Kampers, DELAMARE, David Hall, MULLER, Marie-Hélène, Barbara Schiess, Eva Vander Giessen, Joseph Leonardi, Susan Steed, Guido Hosman, Gabriel Grimsditch, Tobias Fields, Nemo Curiel, Hugo Godschalk, Guido Hosman, Lorne Covington, Bob and Margaret Macemon, Sergio Lub, Mark and Julie Richards, Carla Lundberg, PINTO Romain, Scott Williams, Barbara Schiess, Aaron Vaillancourt, Leander Bindewald, Brent Ranalli, Eric Harris-Braun, Martin Kreidenweis, Georg Pluta, Arthur Brock, Daniel Quay, Guy Staniforth