Project Dalala - Empowering Socio-Economic Development with Digital Services

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Dalala - Reporting the peoples' sentiments to empower positive social change and development
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Campaign successfully funded on: 03 Nov,2013

This project has been successfully funded with $11,140 (114%)

Feeling lost and don't know what all of this is about?

My project today is to generate the seed-funding for my social business plan. My social business plan is all about providing cost-effective and time-efficient research reports for social entrepreneurs mainly and for any organizations undertaking social, economic and community development projects in the MENA. By social entrepreneurs, I mean people who establish small-scale projects with the aim of solving social problems or effecting social change. 

Social entrepreneurs and developmental organizations are usually working on shoe-string budgets. They can not afford the standard budgets required for researching community grievances and needs. The people sentiment report's will provide them with a bird's eye view on the various issues facing the community so that they can better focus their efforts and investments

The information and data I will be using in my reports is currently being labeled Big Data. It’s the new buzz word in analytics. Basically, it is just a term that includes any data generated from traditional business activities and new sources of business activities. I am only mentioning this to emphasize that at present this method is considered a ‘big deal’. This concept of using Big Data for reporting on social causes in the Arab World is a unique concept. A few white papers have been written about the topic, but up until now no program (I am aware of) has begun such an initiative. 

To read up more on the topic of my project, I am sharing with you the below links:

Social Entrepreneurship Can Reduce Welfare Costs in ME

Social Entrepreneurship: Why is it Important Post Arab Spring?

What is Big Data?

How Big Data Liberates Research

Today my crowd-funding goal covers the seed-funding cost of my project set-up. There is one main cost that I need before I may begin any type of activity.This is the registration of the company. Without registering my company I will not be able to: 

  • Conduct legitimate business
  • Open a company bank account
  • Have a trade license 
  • Invoice clients
  • Hire employees
  • Register employees with national medi-care 

This first step of business registration is key to my operations. Any additional money above and beyond my goal will go towards paying for the research tool I need for my project.   

There are many ways in which you may assist me out in my project without the involvement of monetary offerings! It would be great if you would:

  • Spread the word of project Dalala's crowd-funding initiative 
  • Introduce Dalala services to relevant parties
  • Offer any type of free advertising, marketing, or sponsorship 

Dalala is offering lovely eco-friendly rewards devised by social entrepreneurs. There is Junk Munkez, the eco-conscious artists, and Cedar Environmental, winner of the Energy Globe Award. 

Junk Munkez :: JM

Junk Monkez Logo

Junk Munkez are a collaboration comprised of Lea Kirdikian and Xavier Baghdadi, which aims at using scrapped and trashed materials in upcycled/recycled designs.

They design colorfully fun objects for those who seek a lighter and greener side to life. By using eco-conscious ethics in designing eco-friendly products, they are trying to spread DIY and RRR principles in our rather upside world where consumerism and surplus reign supreme.

Definitely check out their Facebook page for more info! 

https://www.facebook.com/junkmunkez

Cedar Environmental :: CE

Cedar Environmental Logo

Founded by Ziad Abi Chaker, Cedar Environmental is an environmental and industrial engineering research organization working on creating zero waste societies. 

Find out more about their waste friendly activities on Ziad's blog

Hope Giver :: Donation of 10$ or more

Robot Face

Robot Face: simple cell phone accessory out of recycled washer disks, and used screws and bolts. JM

Support Booster :: Donation of 25$ or more

Chameleon Magnet

Chameleon Magnet: an eccentric little cubist chameleon magnet made from recycled washer disks, scrapped aluminum metal plates, used staples, and pen springs. JM

Goal Striver :: Donation of 50$ or more

Pablo

Pablo Pendant Necklace: Pablo the mustached man is made from recycled washer disks, used screws, pieces of broken fountain pens and electrical wire. JM

Yvette

Yvette Pendant Necklace: Yvette the crazy lady is made from recycled washer disks, used screws, pieces of broken fountain pens and electrical wire. JM

Bob

Bob Pendant Necklace: Bob the rather oblivious looking guy is made from recycled washer disks, used screws, pieces of broken fountain pens and electrical wire. JM

Pyramid & Round Carafe

Pyramid & Round Carafe

Simple Carafes: made from blown glass-waste. They come in two shapes - round and pyramid. They come in two colors - green or brown. CE

Care Taker :: Donation of 100$ or more

Dracula Bottle Lamp

Dracula Bottle Lamp: made from recycled glass juice bottles. Spray painted and illustrated with paint markers, it is clothed with recycled textiles, and lit with recycled lighter led lights. Their interiors hold a suspended object that is an extension of the character's world. It serves as a fun night light or ambiance light. JM

Robin Hood Bottle Lamp

Robin Hood Bottle Lamp: made from recycled glass juice bottles. Spray painted and illustrated with paint markers, it is clothed with recycled textiles, and lit with recycled lighter led lights. Their interiors hold a suspended object that is an extension of the character's world. It serves as a fun night light or ambiance light. JM

E-Wok Bottle Lamp

E-Wok Bottle Lamp: made from recycled glass juice bottles. Spray painted and illustrated with paint markers, it is clothed with recycled textiles, and lit with recycled lighter led lights. Their interiors hold a suspended object that is an extension of the character's world. It serves as a fun night light or ambiance light. JM

Simple Pair of Pitchers

Simple Pair of Pitchers

Simple Pair of Pitchers: made from blown glass-waste. They come in pairs of two colors - green and brown. CE

Social Campaigner :: Donation of 250$ or more

Simple Lamps

Simple Lamp
made from blown glass waste. They come in two shapes - round and egg. They come in two colors - green or brown. CE

Dream Maker :: Donation of 500$ or more

Flutist Plant Holder

Flutist Plant Holder: They are made from scrapped teapots and trashed kitchenware. They are detailed with recycled washers and electrical wire along with used screws and bolts. JM

Violinist Plant Holder: They are made from scrapped teapots and trashed kitchenware. They are detailed with recycled washers and electrical wire along with used screws and bolts. JM

Change Architect: Donation of 1,000$ or more

Whale Light Piece

Whale Light Piece: made from cut and shaped scrapped metal plates, and detailed with old screws and bolts, along with a vintage camera flash case as the balloon atop the whale. JM

Foot Stool Red 

Foot Stool Blue

Foot Stool Black

Colorful Foot Stools: made from recycled metal drums, colored strings and a cushion on top. JM

I will contact you before delivery to confirm which options and colors you would prefer.

Thank YOU! 

Without any of your help then this project can not materialize! Only your help and efforts can make it happen. 






Zeina Noueihed
31 Oct,2013
$250


Riad Abou jaoude
31 Oct,2013
$10

Makram Debbas
31 Oct,2013
$10

Nisha Primlani
30 Oct,2013
$500

Abdallah Absi
30 Oct,2013
$1

Farah Yehia
29 Oct,2013
$200

Sara Alwan
29 Oct,2013
$100

Anonymous
28 Oct,2013
$25

Anonymous
28 Oct,2013
$10

Nader Kobeissi
28 Oct,2013
$25

Anonymous
28 Oct,2013
$120

Kassem Hashem
27 Oct,2013
$10

Mouhamad A. naboulsi
27 Oct,2013
$100

Rafe Husain
25 Oct,2013
$10

Hussein Yehia
25 Oct,2013
$1,000

Mouhamad A. naboulsi
24 Oct,2013
$10

Rani
23 Oct,2013
$50

Fadi Mikati
23 Oct,2013
$25

Alexia Bachir
23 Oct,2013
$25

Anonymous
23 Oct,2013
$50

Anonymous
22 Oct,2013
$100

Hala Nassif
22 Oct,2013
$25

Yasmina Yehia
21 Oct,2013
$100

Anonymous
21 Oct,2013
$10

Omar Habib
21 Oct,2013
$250

Nayla Yehia
21 Oct,2013
$75

Charles Boustany
21 Oct,2013
$25

Anonymous
19 Oct,2013
$25

Anonymous
19 Oct,2013
$100

Tarek Kettaneh
14 Oct,2013
$1,000

Marwan Noueihed
11 Oct,2013
$100

Maha Khawaja
10 Oct,2013
$137

Rawad Bou malhab
09 Oct,2013
$100

Rania El halwani
08 Oct,2013
$100

Zina Sanyoura
07 Oct,2013
$400

Anonymous
07 Oct,2013
$50

Frida Chehlaoui
07 Oct,2013
$100

Anonymous
06 Oct,2013
$1

Anonymous
06 Oct,2013
$100

Wafa Halawi
04 Oct,2013
$300

Anonymous
04 Oct,2013
$25

Sarah Rafeh
04 Oct,2013
$50

Dima Arakji
03 Oct,2013
$100

Rima Arab
03 Oct,2013
$300

Anonymous
03 Oct,2013
$500

Anonymous
02 Oct,2013
$25

Darine Elkhatib
02 Oct,2013
$50

Yehia J yehia
02 Oct,2013
$2,000

Anonymous
02 Oct,2013
$25

Mikey
01 Oct,2013
$111

Rani
01 Oct,2013
$50

Anonymous
01 Oct,2013
$25

Anonymous
01 Oct,2013
$100

Anonymous
01 Oct,2013
$150

  07 Nov,2013


I guess no matter how many times I say it, I will never truly be able to express my deep gratitude. 

 received. You all made sure I never lost faith. And again no amount of words of thank yous can express my gratitude.

I will be keeping you posted on the behind the scenes activities of Project Dalala...which I'm super excited about :D


  07 Jan,2014


Dear Dalala’ers,

It has been quiet long since we have been in contact. I apologize profusely for this long absence. Many of you had been receiving emails from the crowd funding platform that seemed like spam or phishing. Again, apologies for inconveniencing you with that.

However, it’s a new year! And I would like to begin 2014 with a positive outlook! Thank you all for bearing with me. Your generosity and contributions have finally been received (just last week!).

As you all should have noticed, I have begun contacting you for your pressies! Yayyyy!

Project wise – I am currently working on the business plan. I still have not registered the company. I would prefer to do things in the correct order of priority, which is first have the business plan ready and finalized. Second, begin the registration process. The business plan should be finalized by the month of January. February registration and other plans begin (I will update you on those when the time arrives).

Wish me luck!

I would also like to wish all Dalala supporters new beginnings and positive changes in their lives. Hope your inspired to live a life of health, wealth, and laughter!

Take care and love,

Dalala



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