Local Startup Uses Social Media & WhatsApp To Help Bright Student Raise Thousands For University

A local startup called Fresh In A Box used Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp to raise thousands of dollars (RTGS) for university for a bright young man who was stuck selling newspapers at a bus terminus in Murehwa.

The young man, Rangania Zhakata, passed his O and A level examinations extremely well, and got a place at the University of Zimbabwe but was unable to secure the money to enroll.

The local startup saw the appeal for help that was posted on Twitter and took it upon itself to mobilise funds for Zhakazta’s education.

Our Vendor-in-Chief found this young vendor in Murehwa who has phenomenal results on Twitter and he can’t afford uni. We have pledged $1000 Rtgs to his tuition and our VIC has matched it. We want to send him to UZ and make sure he’s taken care off for his education. If you want to chip in let us know in the comments and we will send you to the donor group on WhatsApp.

Together we can

They appealed to Zimbabweans on social media and created a WhatsApp group coordinated donations. Eventually, they raised “UZ fees, Accomodation, clothing, a smartphone, a laptop , his data for first year, fridge, stove and loads more.”

Zhakata and his mother travelled to Harare on Saturdday, 8 June to receive the donations from the startup.

Commented Fresh in a box:

We managed to bring our Vendor from Murewa to meet our Vendor-in-Chief. We have managed with a lot of your assistance to cover his UZ fees, Accomodation, clothing, a smartphone, a laptop , his data for first year, fridge, stove and loads more. Plus he’s agreed to work with us till he starts in August! Thank you everyone for making Zimbabwe a better place for this one family which will multiply!

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