Living in informal settlements puts enormous social, economic, and financial burdens on households, and it can lead to intergenerational poverty. Several factors contribute to the perpetuation of poverty, including fire, crime and an inability to access basic financial services and technologies to protect assets.

Our purpose.

To create safe & resilient communities for under-served people, reducing risks & inequalities and promoting inclusive economic growth.

Our mission.

We work with low-income communities to co-develop products & services that improve dignity, safety & financial security. Together we:

Identify Gaps where communities do not have access to critical technologies or financial services.
Provide Access to products & services that are designed specifically to address challenges.
Include People into the mainstream economy so we can all prosper, together.

Social Impact.

As part of Lumkani’s broader mission, we seek to mitigate the loss of life and property caused by informal settlement fires in South Africa and across the globe. To do this we implement large scale roll-outs of our award-winning fire detection system into urban informal settlements, slums and refugee settings.

We have years of data showing the impact of our work. See attached the summary of a comprehensive third-party research project into our impact. This study was conducted by Kantar, and was funded by UK aid, through the GSMA’s mobile for humanitarian innovation fund.


Our networked early warning system.

Density is a challenge all urban informal settlements share and is a major risk factor that enables the rapid spread of fires. In order to provide sufficient early-warning, a communal alert is required. Our detectors are networked within a 60-metre radius so that in the event of a fire all detectors in this range will ring together, enabling a community-wide response to the danger. This provides the critical time necessary for communities to become proactive in rapidly spreading fire situations.

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