There are more than 4 Billion potential beneficiaries of the work that we're doing. Currently Mahala is in pilot in rural communities. These are some of the stories we've heard.


is a teacher at Sunshine Academy in Kwabutele township in rural South Africa. Her 40 students walk on average six miles to attend school for four hours each day. Mahala Network would allow Sibongile to publish her curriculum and lesson materials on a site for students to access even when they aren’t in the classroom. In addition, when Sibongile travels into town, she would be able to connect to a much larger network—and even the internet at a café—to make additional multimedia, books and other supplementary material available to her students.


is a seventh generation Nepalese farmer. He and several other farmers in his village work together as part of a cooperative to share resources and mitigate risk. Mahala Network would allow Naresh and the other farmers to communicate with neighboring villages about crop blight and other disease that today is difficult to predict or prevent. It also helps the farmers determine a fair price for their goods, something that today is determined by the inexperienced driver who collects the crops from several villages.


is a single, middle-aged woman with three children living in the Appalachian region of the United States. Her husband was a coal miner who died a few years ago from lung disease. Victoria makes money by selling homemade soap at a farmer’s market in a town 30 miles away. Mahala Network would give Victoria and her children access to a communication network and educational material to help them raise their standard of living. It would also provide a platform for Victoria to set up a small business page, letting her take orders which would help her to better manage her inventory and her finances.

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