Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Snow Days lead to house cleaning!
I recently update my desk and got organized.
Beside my Blog Planner is my new phone case!
I think it’s so cute and perfect for Spring.
Phone Case from Kidogo Kidogo here – story below
Kidogo Kidogo, translates to “little by little” in Swahili, and these two sisters created it with the aim of lifting the financial barrier preventing women in Tanzania, Africa, from having access to life changing mobile-technology.
In Tanzania, only 36% of women own mobile phones, and the number one reason preventing them from ownership is the initial cost of a mobile handset. Mobile phones in Tanzania are prepaid where owners can buy credits at bodegas and other small stores around the county. These phones are also much more to these women then just a way to communicate with family and friends, although they do enjoy this as well. A mobile phone is a flashlight, a watch, a calculator, a camera and a radio. In Tanzania mobile banking is extremely common, and a phone provides women a way to make secure banking transactions. Mobile phones are also used monitor consumer markets and receive health reminders and updates. Women with mobile phones also report a much higher feeling of personal safety than those without.
At Kidogo Kidogo, they sell phone cases. But these cases do a lot more than just look good and protect your phone — they are putting life changing mobile technology into the hands of women across Tanzania, who could not otherwise afford it. The profits made from selling phone cases go to the purchase and donations of mobile phones. The phones are distributed to women through established non-profit partners already working in Tanzania. They currently have partnered with FINCA, a global charitable microfinance organization, whose 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. In 2014 they also gave to Sega Girls School, and recently have donated to expectant mothers, and women who are HIV positive so they are able to receive necessary healthcare in remote areas. They have also partnered with an environmental NGO in Tanzania, Sea Sense. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the sea turtle case will be distributed to Sea Sense who works closely with coastal communities in Tanzania to conserve and protect endangered marine species.
I don’t know if I have mentioned before but my sister-in-law works for USAID and is currently working in Africa. So when I learned about Kidogo Kidogo I was happy about what they did and stood for. I am so excited to share their story with you and hope you are inspired to purchase one of their phone cases!