Tigo Tanzania helps Reach for Change
By Hudson Kazonta, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tigo Tanzania, in partnership with Swedish non-profit organisation Reach for Change, has launched the ‘Tigo Reach for Change’ initiative, which focuses on identifying and supporting local social entrepreneurs with solid ideas on improving the lives of Tanzanian children.
According to Tigo, the interested candidates are invited to present their business ideas online by applying through the Tigo Tanzania website or at any Tigo Customer Service Centre.
Each application will be reviewed by a panel of experts and the strongest and most promising applicant will be invited to join a three year incubator programme where their ideas will be transformed into sustainable ventures.
In addition to this, they will receive salary funding of USD 25,000 a year for up to three years, as well as mentoring and professional advice from senior employees of Tigo.
For the duration of the programme that the social entrepreneur will be receiving a Tigo salary, their business idea will be undergoing evaluation and incubation in order to ensure that they attain required standards until their project is fully developed and self-sustainable.
The first three winning entrepreneurs of the initiative will be announced in December of this year. The initiative will be held on an annual basis for three years, with three entrepreneurs being chosen every year.
Reach for Change is a non-profit organisation established in Sweden and co-founded by Kinnevik, the founding company of Millicom. The search for social entrepreneurs first began in Sweden in 2010, followed by Russia in 2011, before embarking, in that same year, as a pilot project for Africa in Ghana, which has recently reported an improvement in the livelihoods of over 140,000 children.
Tigo has officially began the search for social entrepreneurs across all its African operations with its first launch in Rwanda last month, followed now by Tanzania, then Congo DRC, Senegal and finally Chad in the months to come.