Tigo Tanzania announces winners of Digital Changemakers competition

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Mobile operator Tigo Tanzania, in partnership with local NGO Reach For Change, has announced two winners of its Tigo Digital Changemakers competition.

Neema Shosho and Bihaga Edward were selected as winners from the 15 finalists, each benefitting from a grant of US$20,000 and a business management mentorship from Tigo.

The Tigo Digital Changemakers competition is a social entrepreneurship programme aimed at identifying and empowering young Tanzanians with innovative digital solutions that can help to solve some of the country’s most pressing community needs.

The latest batch of winners brings the total number of social entrepreneurs that have received funding from Tigo Tanzania through digital programme in the past four years to nine, with Tigo saying the seven existing changemakers had until the end of 2014 impacted the lives of over 10,000 children in the East African country.

“Our support for community development projects demonstrates our commitment to drive digital transformation not just for our customers but to the larger Tanzanian community as well. We are proud that by helping these social entrepreneurs, our organization is helping to solve some of the community’s challenges through digital solutions,” said Tigo Tanzania chief commercial officer (CCO) Shavkat Berdiev.

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