Indiegogo campaign: Support African makers

This is a very interesting project in my view. It tries to raise funds in order to help bridge the digital divide in a very practical, hands-on way, and giving young people in Africa the skills and the self-belief to become entrepreneurs and "makers" for themselves and their communities. Funding starts with 1 USD - check it out: 

What is Afrimakers?

Afrimakers is an initiative that wants to enable African makers to use local know-how and hands-on prototyping for solving local challenges like access to clean water, energy, information.

The idea is to plant the seed of local change through social entrepreneurship, digital fabrication and regional collaboration.

We want to kickstart maker workshops focused on local challenges in 7 hubs around Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt).


Each  of the seven hubs will receive a HacKidemia maker box of tools and will recruit a local team to be trained by us to organize and to run hands-on workshops in local private and public schools. Maker fellowships will be offered for members of each team to go and train other hubs and makers in the region and near countries.

The HacKidemia Maker Box contains all the materials and tools necessary for the hands-on workshops in schools.


Other Ways You Can Help

If the perks are not your thing, but you still want to support our cause - here are some ways to do that:

Donate miles so we can reduce our travel costs (if you can help please write to us to with the word "Miles" in title and the name of your flights company and we will send you the link for donation) 

Donate time, you could either help us with preparing the pledges, or mentor the local makers over internet (write to us to with the word "Time" in title) 

Suggest local or global funders and partners (write to us to with the word "Partners" in title) 

Get the word out! share our campaign link in your circles, groups, online, offline and tell people about our project around the world. 


How will we use the funds

In order to pursue with this trip around Africa and enable makers to kickstart their sustainable and meaningful projects we need your help:

  • 70% of the funds will be spend on materials and fellowships for local makers We want to equip each hub with two maker boxes and train at least 5 mentors. This is a good number for an initial spark and to assure that the community grows organically after our kick-off. We estimate that each mentor can run 3 workshops with 30 kids per day which would result in 800 kids trained during our time on site.

  • 20% will cover our travel costsWe will try to cover all the flights with miles donations so you can donate those tooor host us in your city in order to help reduce these costs.

  • 10% will be used for the perks We will use this part of the funding to produce and print the Afrimakers book, T-shirts and Maker Passport with stamps

If we reach our Goal of $50,000 we will

  • work with 7 hubs in Africa and donate 14 Maker Kits

  • train 40 mentors and provide them with Maker fellowships to visit other hubs to share best practices & grow the community

  • conduct workshops with 800 kids per location 

We will  improve the  platforms of collaboration for the teams for the hubs and co-create all methodology, content and support. We will also continue remote community management and connect the teams from the hubs with regional opportunities of collaboration.

If we exceed our campaign goal, we are able to create more hubs and extend our campaign to other African countries.

Anne Schwarz

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