Kenyan startup Badili, a pioneer in refurbished smartphone re-commerce, has secured an undisclosed amount of seed funding from E3 Capital, a prominent venture capital firm recognized for its focus on impactful and sustainable ventures. This strategic investment fuels Badili’s mission to democratize access to mobile technology across East Africa while promoting environmental sustainability.

Founded in 2021 and operating in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, Badili breathes new life into used or faulty smartphones. Through a unique model, they recycle, repair, and resell high-quality devices from leading brands through notable e-commerce platforms, local partners, and even Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). By offering these refurbished phones at a fraction of the cost of new models, Badili makes top-tier technology accessible to a wider audience while extending the lifespan of devices and diverting them from landfills.

The E3 Capital investment, facilitated by the E3 Low Carbon Economy Fund (E3 LCEF I), recognizes Badili’s potential to make a significant impact on both the economy and the environment. Their focus on digital innovation and sustainability aligns perfectly with Badili’s mission to offer affordable devices and reduce e-waste generation. E3 Capital estimates that Badili’s refurbished phones generate 87% fewer CO2eq emissions compared to new models, highlighting the positive environmental impact of their business.

The additional funding will allow Badili to accelerate its expansion plans across East Africa, strengthening its logistics network, optimizing its online platform, and forging strategic partnerships to solidify its regional footprint. This not only signifies financial growth for the startup but also translates to greater access to affordable, eco-friendly smartphones for East African consumers.

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