Social Entrepreneur from Kenya Wins Prestigious Global Fellowship

October 11, 2012

NAIROBI, KENYA – Sam Agutu of Nairobi, Kenya has been selected by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public as a member of its global fellowship of leading social entrepreneurs. 

Sam is enabling low- to middle-income earners not currently served by the health insurance market to access affordable and quality healthcare services. He is doing this by leveraging the existing reach and efficiency of telecommunications infrastructure in Kenya. His organization, Changamka Microhealth, has developed an innovative mHealth initiative, which enables anyone with a mobile phone to use an MPESA-loaded medical savings smart card to electronically save for healthcare in amounts they can afford. Sam is also getting private health care providers to fix their charges at a much lower price point and implementing a paperless claims process to improve efficiency.

“We are very encouraged by Sam Agutu`s innovative model and we believe that this idea, in Sam`s hands, will revolutionize the health insurance industry,” said Salim Mohamed, Ashoka’s Representative for East Africa. “By leveraging mobile technology platforms, Sam is allowing individuals to electronically save and pay for healthcare in an affordable and convenient manner.”

Sam Agutu joins 50 other Ashoka Fellows from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda elected since 2001 and more than 3,000 Ashoka Fellows globally. 

About Ashoka
Ashoka is the world's leading network of social entrepreneurs – extraordinary changemakers, who find new solutions to social problems; like Muhammad Yunus, who pioneered the microfinance sector. Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka supports social entrepreneurs with stipends, professional support, and access to its large network of global peers. Ashoka has elected and supported more than 3,000 social entrepreneurs in 70 countries to date. For more information, please visit