Mahala, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit in the United States. Donations are used to target pilot high impact communities around the world: in the Asian subcontinent, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Appalachian region of the United States as well as interim communities like refugee camps. These deployments serve to help the most underserved communities by providing no-cost access to communication.
After initial success in these communities, we will partner with governments, non-governmental and charitable organizations to increase the net impact. These organizations can leverage their own resources to source, configure and distribute Mahala enabled devices to targeted populations. These could include areas impacted by disasters where normal communication services have been severely compromised, or areas plagued by intermittent crises that make existing communication services unreliable or cost-prohibitive.
Beyond the objective of empowering the unconnected populations, Mahala is committed to working with national, state and local governments and private enterprises to ensure that positive outcomes continue to fuel the growth of the platform. These include individuals and organizations facilitating the collection or refurbishment of secondhand devices, training to install the software, and logistics to deliver the devices.
Numerous studies have been conducted to assess the impact of information and communication technology in under-developed countries. As expected, the highest positive social and economic impacts were in the upper and middle classes due to the cost-prohibitive nature of the networks. Similarly in developed and developing nations, expanding telephone, radio and cellular networks, as well as reduced cost of devices have all resulted in strong socio-economic benefits.
Mahala builds on this success through a unique approach to networking, marginalizing traditional approaches in favor of radical innovation to build organic, distributed networks in economically under or unserved areas and leverage existing hardware while reducing e-waste.