The recent boom in ag-tech start-ups has helped to further agricultural transformation and improve farmers’ access to valuable ICT-enabled services. But to continue this progress it is pertinent that entrepreneurs design sustainable business models.
We have mobile services that aim to empower Batswana with relevant information on the most easily accessible mobile platforms, SMS and Voice through subscription services.
Brastorne has put a twist to how USSD can be used by an average African.In simple terms, we are in the business of ‘making dumb phones smart'.
Our motto is to Connect The Unconnected. We focus on social good solutions that include the underserved communities.
To design cost effective advanced ICT and Financial Solutions for underserved communities and under-digitalized businesses throughout Africa.We deliver these services through research and technology that tremendously aids our clients to transform from being underserved or under-digitalized to be self-sustaining entities.
We aim to be a solutions leader in Africa in the digitization landscape.
Internet for the Underserved: With no need for data connections, no need to install software clients and no SMS involved, anyone can get access to advanced internet based applications such as email, chat, wikipedia, news and marketplaces from anywhere, anytime via our USSD platfrom. By dialing a shortcode, users automatically get access to our own social network which has gone viral in Botswana alone, forging friendships, business relationships, and marketing opportunities.
mAgri: Our USSD platform also has an mAgri section which gives farmers access to farming information, markets, and short-term finance. mAgri allows farmers to market their products and services across the country, using ANY cell phone, including basic feature phones and from any part of Botswana. Farmers are able to receive valuable agricultural information (helpful farming tips, animal healthcare database, training opportunities, announcements, commodity prices, and weather alerts), set up business profiles and mobile stores therefore enabling trade, chat unlimited, and access email and Wikipedia.
Our Ussd service currently has over 600,000 active users that have used the service and up to 100,000 monthly users which is a significant portion of Botswana's population of 2,200,000. Our USSD services have been live since February 2016 and are accessible on Orange by dialing *118#
Mpotsa is a mobile service that aims empowers Batswana with relevant, timely and Localised information on the most easily accessible mobile platforms, SMS and VOICE.
Contact Center: Dare to Ask! With our contact center, knowing it all is easier than you think! Mpotsa contact center enables Batswana to able to inquire about anything ranging from directory enquiries, enquiries about products and services, service providers etc as well as advisory services. Through this powerful platform, we are able to offer advisory services and link callers with relevant experts based on their calls which may range from , not limited to agricultural advisory services, legal advice, and health. With localised and relevant Information not regularly accessible on google, or on the internet, Mpotsa will have such information available for customers on call. The concept around the service is for it to be a google like service on sms and call available and accessible to anyone, from anywhere. Mpotsa is currently available on Orange and is accessed by simply SMS’ing or calling the short-code 16118 Mpotsa also gives Batswana access to information this through its lifestyle content-based subscription services.
1. Mpotsa Wealth: Mpotsa wealth empowers youth with financial literacy information, job opportunities, business opportunities, trainings, seminars and so much more
2. Mpotsa Local: Mpotsa Local provides Batswana with Interesting facts about Botswana's history, culture, Maele, Diane, Meila, and local language translations.
3. Mpotsa Social: Mpotsa Social provides users with latest local Gig guides, happy hour specials, events, celebrity gossip, jokes and so much more.
Digi data is our flagship B2B service that provide clients with document digitization services allowing them to make data driven decision to enhance efficiency, reduce costs, increase revenues and automate business process. Digi data enables document management, automated data entry and extrapolations of valuable information from paper based forms to make them digital. We work around the clock to ensure that we introduce paperless solutions and streamline workflows for organizations therefore proving speed and efficiency.
Projects carried out:
• Scanning, Digitisation, development and analysis of a National Database for Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism – Statistics Botswana
• Scanning, Digitisation, development and analysis of CDC data
• Scanning, Digitisation, development and analysis of task sharing study: Department of Public Health, University of Botswana
• Scanning, Digitisation, development and analysis of a National Database for Ministry of Health Data – Statistics Botswana
A Botswanan start-up is breaking the barriers to digital technologies for rural smallholder farmers. Brastorne Enterprises, a winner of CTA’s 2016 Pitch AgriHack competition, operates a mobile platform called mAgri to improve farmers’ access to information, markets and finance
"I am a farmer located in Francistown…I am into cattle rearing. I first Learned about mAgri on 2016 when the magri team along with LEA came to present their service to villagers in Masunga. I have been using mAgri ever since, I really like it, my favourite part of the app is the animal health care database and the vaccine price information, I use it often for reference and have been able to learn a lot. I also really enjoy the chat service as I am able to chat with people on it, it saves me airtime and I find it very cheap and affordable to use. P15 month is not a lot because of the many things you can use it for.”
Director- Orange Money
"We have witnessed the growth of Brastorne as an entity and are proud to be supporting such a prograssive youth owned company. Overall in the future we are very pleased to strengthen and continue our relationship with Brastorne and are so eager to exploit all the many opportunities presented in this relationship "
Mompoloki Shaun Gaotlolwe
“I have been using magric for a few months and I have a mobile store on it to advertise my small stock that I sell and produce. Sofar so good, I like that it is cheap and simple to use. You guys should keep up the good work”
"I really like it, I life the fact that I can communicate with other people and market my goats on it. I have been able to find someone who buys goats from me and has become a friend of mine and we keep in touch. I also really like that I can always be up to date with vaccine prices. It is really a great service.”
"Great technological platform that caters for people who don't have smart phones or cant afford data yet they need both local and international information from the internet. Great initiative by Branstorne."
Unah Boemo Phatshwane
"The quality is phenomenon and we learn quite a lot”
"It teaches us about the history of Botswana and the local languages,it's perfect!.
Youth Work Force
Full Time Employees
Years Of Combined Experience
Brastorne currently have a staff compliment of 34 FTE and around 40 staff seconded to projects. Brastorne is equipped with skills ranging from artificial intelligence, system and mobile app developers, project management experts, business development specialists, informatics experts, finance and data analytics specialist, and marketing experts and over 100 years of experience. This combination of professionals makes the perfect team to provide high-value ICT services in Botswana that aim to bridge the digital gap, and furthermore, provide technical assistance on related matters.
Martin Stimela is the CEO and founder of Brastorne Enterprises, At 30years he was the youngest ever Banking executive in Botswana as Botswana Savings Bank Deputy CEO. He has an extensive portfolio both in developing and developed markets. As a qualified Transformation manager has vast experience managing top blue chip organisations, and setting up and growing profitable startups. An alumni of Robert Gordon University (United Kingdom) with 2 Masters under his belt in Business Administration and Project Management. Martin has successfully grown Brastorne from an unprofitable start up with only 3 employees in 2015, to a rapidly growing profitable entity with over 30 full time employees. Martin’s favourite phrase at work is ‘High performance guys!'.
Martin Stimela Ceo & Founder
Naledi Magwe CMO & Co-Founder
Christina or affectionately known as Chrissy, is an enthusiastic young lady who completed honors degree in Applied Business Computing from the Sunderland University. Christina oversees admin and HR. She ensures that Brastorne facilitates and enables staff to meet Brastorne's objectives at optimum productivity levels. Ms. Titus is one the longest serving employees of Brastorne and has seen the company grow from strength to strength. It is undoubted she has been a key component of that growth through her diligent and meticulous managerial skills. She is a key decision maker, and is known as the oil that drives the Brastorne engine. She is affectionately considered as the Mother of Brastorne and forms part of Brastornes EXCO along with Martin and Naledi.
Christina Titus Office Manager
Kgotso is an IT Manager with a bachelor’s degree in Artificial Intelligence, with a 4-year working experience. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Office Network, development of Business Solutions and operations.
Kgotso Onniele Head of IT
With 6 years experience in Facilitation of services for local Internet Providers, Mobile Network Operators and Wholesale Providers ,Preston's role is to create and manage external partnerships beneficial to the company.
Preston Rakobe Technology Manager
Odirile popularly known as ‘Micah’ is the man at the helm of the Mpotsa Contact Centre.He is a Strong human Rresources professional with a Bachelor of Commerce focused in HR and Industrial Relations with Botswana Open University. Meshack has more than 7 years Experience as Human Resources and Training Manager and a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Research and Strategic Planning.