I’m beyond excited to introduce you to Kidogo Kidogo, whose name means “little by little” in Swahili. This awesome company, started by two sisters, sells iPhone cases, and, for each one they sell, they donate a cell phone to women in Tanzania. (Think Toms shoes, but even more incredible.)
Flamingo! In their own words, “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, we sell iphone 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. You see, when you buy a case, we buy a phone (or phone credits) to give to a woman who could not otherwise afford it. The phones are then distributed to women through established non-profit partners already working in Tanzania. We 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. We 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.”
Each case is priced at $30 each, and they were designed by an esteemed Tanzanian-based artist, Sarah Markes, and feature some of Tanzania’s most iconic wildlife. There are five iPhone 5/5s case designs and two iPhone 4/4s case designs!
The amazing ladies over at Kidogo Kidogo are actually giving away one of their adorable cases to one of you lovely readers! All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below:
or click this link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c3c21526/
The giveaway ends Monday, April 7 at 12:00 AM. Good luck!