Musana Carts Ltd.

In Kam­pala, Ugan­da, there are cur­rent­ly more than 100,000 unli­censed street ven­dors work­ing in unsafe con­di­tions and with uncer­tain busi­ness prospects. Musana Carts are street vend­ing carts that are solar pow­ered, equipped with access to elec­tric­i­ty and an upgrad­ed cook stove, and save three tons of car­bon emis­sions per year. Along with the cart itself, Musana Cart ven­dors receive a busi­ness license, a three-year insur­ance plan, and train­ing on finan­cial lit­er­a­cy and WASH. This will allow Musana Cart ven­dors to con­duct legal busi­ness with­out fear of arrest and ensure sus­tain­abil­i­ty through increased edu­ca­tion and busi­ness fundamentals.

Musana Carts is the first for-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion to work with law enforce­ment agen­cies to reg­u­late street ven­dors in Ugan­da’s cap­i­tal, Kam­pala. It is one of the first orga­ni­za­tions to use solar pan­els as an eco­nom­ic tool for infor­mal work­ers in Africa. They believe Musana Carts can empow­er infor­mal entre­pre­neurs across Africa to earn a bet­ter income through legal chan­nels, which can improve their liveli­hoods and break the cycle of poverty.

Under the Ampli­fy pro­gram, Musana Carts has devel­oped a fran­chise pack­age that sets stan­dards and pro­vides val­ue-added ser­vices to street cart own­ers who want to increase their sales.