The Vijiji Center sprang from the serendipitous meeting of the two partners, Amos Meyasi and Sandra Peacock.
It was June 2012, Sandra was on a tour of Tanzania, and Amos was recommended to her as a guide for cultural tourism. While exploring the Arusha region together, they discovered they shared a passion for all things cultural – Sandra as an anthropologist and Amos as a member of the Meru community in Nguruma Village. They also shared a desire to educate visitors and to support local communities. And so, they decided to build a small guest lodge on land owned by Amos’ family, where travellers could stay and learn about the peoples of Tanzania, and that would provide employment and other opportunities for village members.
They also created The Vijiji Foundation, a registered non-profit organization (Registration: NGO-6497), whose mission is to improve the lives of local Tanzanian people through a variety of community-driven initiatives that create lasting change.