The founders of the Karamoja.org believed that a bicycle and a smart phone are the game changers for all in the developing world. 8 years ago, we brought 4500 bicycles, to Karamoja, kickstarting the economy in many regions, while training many to build service and support business’s around bikes.
With the lack of books in schools, we brought the iEmpowerment program, a turnkey education and healthcare program on a memory stick that can be freely delivered and shared with anyone. Our roots were in technology and bicycles and they always will be.
Paul and I also come from strong backgrounds in technology, internet, sales ,marketing and how to successful deploy and run logistics companies in Africa. These unique skills sets together with the skills of the people, create an entirely new model of development and opportunity creation.
We call this Common Sense Capacity Building, a model that engages all who want to be a part of change and encourages all to participate how it best makes sense to them.
This was the start of the journey, soon a business focused activities in the region, www.kara-tunga.com, then a cycling event to bring the world to the region followed by a new tented safari lodge started the ball rolling. One bike event, lead to a much larger cycling event and a mountain bike park was built on the lands of the Tepeth people. Where everyone saw despair and hopelessness, we saw incredible beauty and opportunity and went about making it happen. Next a tourism training centre, and recently a computer and IT business has opened owned and operated by people born and raised in Karamoja. As we grew we started attracting interest in our model and how it fit into the development model.
The talent was there, the support from major donors and NGO's was there, what was needed was a new model, one that was grounded in selling and capacity building, one that understood how to gain lift in an internet world and one that had the skills to support and encourage the local to take positive steps forward.
Our roots are in mobility with bicycles and technology, with the founders having built a number of world class companies in this space. We believe that in order to grow, one has to be able to use the expanding internet to both attract business and to provide services to others. This allows us to create great opportunity for our people at home to showcase thier region and culture and to export and support services abroad, creating even further opportunity. To us the internet is a series of clouds and our goal is to help all the clouds expand and by giving lift to all, we give lift to ourselves. I know it sounds crazy, but it actually works and we have 100% of these systems and relationships in place and with our experience, we can easily help Karamoja and other communities be successful with Common Sense Capacity Building and how with relationships with volunteer groups, access to world class technology and a game plan, all developing communities can be successful.