MAZA, transportation saving lives in rural Ghana A Project of M | KBFUS Funds
MAZA is a social enterprise that delivers transportation for urgent health care in rural Ghana.
MAZA's vision is to save lives and reduce disability in the rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa by enabling families to seek health care in a timely, safe and reliable manner. We link rural families going through an urgent or emergency health crises, especially pregnant women and sick infants, with local drivers who have motorized tricycles that can get them to hospital safely and quickly. This provides rural communities with timely access to health care that is otherwise difficult to reach due to long distances, limited road networks and scarce transportation. We are working in partnership with the Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Ambulance Service, with funding from the Echoing Green Global Fellowship and the USAID Systems for Health Project in Ghana.
MAZA also increases income-generating opportunities in the rural areas in which we work. We lease motorized tricycles to drivers in remote rural communities at a discounted price in exchange for their being on call for urgent/emergency health care transportation twice a week. For the other five days of the week, they use the tricycles as taxis to earn a living and pay the weekly fee to MAZA. After two years, they own the tricycles outright. This enables the drivers to earn a decent income in the short term and own an asset that will generate income in the medium term, while also increasing access to local markets for traders and farmers.
We began with Chereponi District in the Northern Region of Ghana in December 2015 with 13 motorized tricycles and expanded to Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo (BY) District, also in Northern Region, with an additional 12 tricycles in April 2017. Demand for MAZA's transportation in BY has already been 3-fold what it was in Chereponi. Currently, our drivers are providing timely and safe transportation from home to a hospital/health centre at least once a day, covering an average distance of 16 miles round trip. For more details, please read our most recent progress report.
Our fundraising goal for this giving season is $30,000. With your financial support, we will be able to expand our service to the remaining sub-districts of BY in 2018. Please help us provide life-saving emergency transportation to families living in remote rural areas that are more than a 4-hour walk to the nearest hospital. Donate today!
Thank you on behalf of MAZA and the families of Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo District.
Invest in MAZA to ensure accessibility, affordability and reliability.
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For gifts by check: Write your check to KBFUS, write "American Friends of MAZA" in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020.
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