Marafiki Africa

About Marafiki Africa

Marafiki Africa is a nonprofit organization that empowers small business owners in East Africa by bringing student volunteers to do the following:

• Teach village business owners about basic business principles
• Run workshops to improve small business practices
• Participate in community development projects such as the construction of water pipelines, water tanks, school facilities, clinics, etc.
• Join in tribal customs and celebrations
• Become Maasai warriors
• Experience the top rated safari in Africa at the end of their trip

Many of these small business owners have only a 2nd grade level of education and run something similar to a lemonade stand. Teaching them basic business principles helps them to become a success story in an environment where success is difficult.


Business Consultant Intern

August 2019 - August 2019 Arusha Chini, Kilimanjaro Region
“I loved the way we were integrated into the culture and people of Tanzania. The experience was one-of-a-kind, and allowed me to work in an environment extremely out of my comfort zone. Marafiki did everything possible to assure a positive experience. I learned so much, not only from the other interns, but those we were helping, and the Tanzanian staff.”

International business consultant

July 2019 - August 2019 Arusha Chini, Kilimanjaro Region
“I loved being able to learn about international business while helping develop small business owners. We were able to have one on one interactions with the people there which I really enjoyed. ”
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