Anushka Ratnayake

Founder and CEO,
myAgro

Anushka Ratnayake is the Founder and CEO of myAgro, an award-winning social enterprise in Africa that helps farmers save, on layaway, for seeds, fertilizer and training using their mobile phone. These inputs help farmers increase their harvests by 50% leading to increased food security and nutrition in the communities where myAgro works.

Ratnayake has worked in rural Africa for the last 10 years helping to increase market access for small-scale farmers. Prior to starting myAgro, she developed key components of One Acre Fund’s core operation model, created management-training programs and traveled across Africa and South Asia in search of innovations in the microfinance and agricultural sectors.

Before joining One Acre Fund, she was an early employee of Kiva.org and created the Kiva Fellows Program. She received her BA in Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz and her agricultural training from smallholder farmers in Bungoma, Kenya. She is a 2011 Rainer Arnhold Fellow, a 2012 Echoing Green Fellow and a 2013 DRK Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Fellow.