How do you connect half the world's population to robust, sustainable communication?

We Build Communities

Leveraging existing Bluetooth and WiFi protocols we create a standalone network that can be brought into any community anywhere in the world. 

We redistribute upcycled mobile devices,  and load them with the core Mahala software that provides offline connectivity in a mesh network as well as  basic training about how to communicate across the network.

As more people join the network, individuals can make calls and send messages to each other within the community—each device connecting securely to the devices around it to form an encrypted chain from the sender to the receiver.

But anyone can load the software onto their own phone and become carriers as well, opening up opportunities for messages to be securely sent and received at greater distances--almost like a digital Pony Express.


What can you do to help?

Problems this big need communities working together to bring change. We need your help!

Donate Money

Mahala is a 501(c)3 organization in the United States, and all contributions go toward increasing the impact we have in reducing communication inequality around the world.

Donate your Device

In order to reduce global e-waste and bring down unnecessary expenses we accept donations of gently used cell phones. Not all models are eligible, but all donations are tax-deductible.

Become a Carrier

Mahala's unique solution  means that everyone can help carry messages on their phone using just a little extra space (and no extra data!)

Help us Develop

Mahala's communication protocols are open source so they can be used by other hardware and software developers to close the communication divide