Southern Africa Startup Awards: GEN Fellow Winner
4 Sep 2018

The Southern Africa Startup Awards on 30 August 2018 awarded the Katoshe Mobile phone as  The Best New Comer on the Namibian market. Kennedy Liswani, the owner of the invention, set up programming for the phone in local indigeneous languages. It supports equality and quality of life for elders and children in villages. Its energy savings mechanisms ensure continuous contact with the outside world and support  to a safer environment. In today's life with so many challenges of child abduction, gender based violence and other social ills, it is an affordable tool for the vulnerable in the society. The impact would on improving quality of as per teh United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5, gender equality (fighting inequities, including violence again women and children.

Situations of fear and dispair enables the user to use a short phrase in his/her own language to get help. In the case of abduction, it would be much easier for parents to supply either their children or their elderly family members with this affordable mobile phone on which they can write SMS in their own languages communicating to each other. The battery life of the phone lasts up to seven days. This serves as a great gadget for people living off the grid. The team is working on a device to use as solar charger for the phone.

Kennedy the award for Founder of the Year. He will be competing against other southern African countries for the spot in southern Africa.

Johanna Cloete

Board Chair | GEN Namibia

Mrs. Johanna Cloete – Board Chair of GEN Namibia since 2022. She is part of a community of doers and makers supporting startups and scale-ups in… More