We are proud to feature Sarah Markes’ vibrant illustrations of Tanzania’s iconic plants and animals in our inaugural line of phone cases. After studying illustration at Central Saint Martins at the University of the Arts London, Sarah packed her sketchbook and followed her itchy feet to many beautiful places before landing in Dar es Salaam. Inspired by the raw beauty of the Tanzanian people, landscape, flora and fauna she paints, illustrates, publishes, designs and spends as much time as possible under palm trees. Check out Sarah's website for more of her work at sarahmarkes.com.
FINCA Tanzania (Microfinance Institution)
Our first partner in mobile phone distribution is FINCA Tanzania. A global charitable microfinance organization, FINCA’s mission is to provide financial services to the world's lowest-income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs, build assets and improve their standard of living. FINCA believes that everyone has a right to financial services and offers small loans and other products to those turned down by traditional banks. With these loans, families can invest in, and build, their own small businesses and their income-earning capacity. Worldwide, FINCA clients post repayment rates over 97 percent. They operate programs in 22 countries, serving nearly one million people, 70% of whom are women. Learn more about FINCA at finca.org.
Sea Sense (NGO)
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the sea turtle case will be distributed to another one of our partners, Sea Sense. Sea Sense, seasense.org, works closely with coastal communities in Tanzania to conserve and protect endangered marine species including sea turtles, dugongs, whales, dolphins and whale sharks. Through its network of over 60 conservation officers who act as ‘ambassadors for conservation’ in their villages and serve as vital links between Sea Sense and the wider community, Sea Sense is changing attitudes towards conservation and establishing initiatives that will conserve Tanzania’s rich natural heritage for future generations. To find out more about Sea Sense and their mission visit them at seasense.org.
Sega Girls School
The SEGA Girls School is a residential secondary school for bright motivated Tanzanian girls who otherwise are unable to attend school due to extreme poverty. They provide a high-quality education that fosters the development of strong values, healthy self-esteem and independent thinking skills. Our intention is to empower the SEGA students to effect change for themselves, their families and – ultimately – their communities. Kidogo Kidogo donates mobile phones to graduates of the school.
William and Mary
Kidogo Kidogo has partners with William and Mary to study mobile phone ownership and women's empowerment. This project addresses the impact of the mobile phone revolution on women in low-income countries, gathering data and analyzing the benefits and limits of mobile phone ownership as a strategy to promote development. The Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations has provided seed funding for Professor Roessler and his students to design a field experiment that measures the impact of KidogoKidogo’s "mobile phone drops" on women’s lives. The experiment measures impact on beneficiaries across four dimensions: social connectedness, income generation, personal safety and access to healthcare. This research represents one of the first field experiments on mobile phone ownership that will not only advance the basic science on the mobile phone revolution in developing countries but offer a more rigorous understanding of the benefits and limitations of mobile technology for development.