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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, October 22 2018 3:17 PM UTC +00:00.

James StrangerBy James Stranger
First created
James StrangerBy James Stranger
First created
$1,496
pledged of $60,000pledged of $60,000 goal
17
backers
3days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, October 22 2018 3:17 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Drive Mada connects travelers and drivers in Madagascar, allowing drivers to create their own sustainable and profitable businesses.

      

Project Status

  • Since 2015, we’ve personally invested hundreds of hours into the project, to determine exactly what we need to build. 
  • We’ve trained our local staff member, Malala, to handle the on-the-ground operations. 
  •  We’ve developed educational materials for drivers to assist in improving customer service and satisfaction. 
  • We've helped create hundreds of lifelong memories for our travelers from 45 countries.
  • We’ve completed the 450+ page architecture and design work but now need your help to fund the website development.

This time, we mean THEIR business!

We traveled throughout the country and registered 450+ vehicles from 11 major cities in Madagascar! Taking photos of drivers and their vehicles.

Real Reviews from Real Travellers

"The service was awesome. It was a very good experience and we will surely use them again. Their communication is prompt and friendly and really I score them 10/10." Dadamanga_Tours

"I couldn't recommend them enough." Edward W

"Their website is easy and informative and the follow up very good!" M. Swart

Our Development Plan

  • $5,000: Above plus Trip Planning Tools
  • $10,000: Above plus Improved Search features for improved UX
  • $15,000: Above plus Advanced Filters for improved UX
  • $20,000: Above plus Reservation Add-ons to complement every reservation
  • $25,000: Above plus Advanced Itinerary Builder
  • $30,000: Reservation process to book with confidence  
  • $40,000: Above plus professional design implemented
  • $50,000: Above plus Automate Driver Interaction System via SMS-based service
  • $60,000: Above plus robust Admin Panel to execute all the dreams come true, plus a cheeky bottle of champagne!

Stretch Goals

  • $80,000: Foundation to launch incorporate GPS tracking in all vehicles reserved through Drive Mada
  • $100,000: Foundation to launch an Android and iOS travel app to provide real-time info, updates, and suggestions

Plan Your Trip YOUR Way

Information for travelers is both scarce or out-dated which makes travel planning next to impossible. Our Plan Tool will provide all the information you need to create your own once in a lifetime adventure!

Our Dream. Their Livelihood.

Our website is built with the intention to make a significant, lasting impact for the local people of Madagascar. It's often the case that entire families or villages pool their money to buy a single vehicle, which is the primary source of income. Supporting local drivers isn't helping individuals, it's helping entire families and villages. We are also striving to invest in the education of children and drivers. We believe education is ultimately the best solution for many of life's challenges.

Mora Mora. Slowly Slowly.

The phrase "Mora Mora", meaning "slowly slowly" in Malagasy is used to describe their way of life. Things happen slowly here and for good reason. When you travel and explore the country, you need to take your time to experience the true magic this special island has to offer. Over 90% of the plants and animals are endemic - found nowhere else in the world! By backing this Kickstarter you are helping boost tourism in Madagascar. This, in turn, provides the necessary funding to preserve and protect the rainforest from deforestation. This makes the lemurs happy enough to dance all over the countryside.

Music

Artist: Michael

Title: Road to Success

http://www.hooksounds.com

Risks and challenges

Education is a crucial piece of this puzzle. Information for travelers is both scarce or out-dated which makes travel planning next to impossible.

93% of our drivers have never used email, the internet or have access to a computer, and are skeptical of modern technology.

And we, as entrepreneurs must learn how to connect these worlds in a manner that is sustainable and impactful.

Using real customer data from over 200+ travelers, countless hours of discussion with drivers, and our own personal experiences, we are ready to create the website to fulfill our mission.

We have the team of developers ready to start work but need your help. Development costs are significantly higher than anticipated due to the complexities of reservations, database queries, and unique technology limitations.

With your help, we can complete our mission and connect the world to this magical long lost island.

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    Thanks forever!

    Your help at any level brings Drive Mada one step closer to a browser near you. For all backers at ALL levels, we’ll write your name in a special (and permanent) place on our website. We’ll also keep you informed with all the updates.

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    Concierge Service + Two Days Rental

    - Access to our acclaimed Concierge Service to create a professional itinerary for your trip to Madagascar.
    - Two-Days vehicle rental from any vehicle listed on our website for reservations longer than 7 days.

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    - 7-Days vehicle rental for any vehicle listed on our website for reservations longer than 7 days.

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    Your Wish is Our Command

    We will personally fly to your doorstep to create your dream Madagascar trip. We won’t stop until you hug every baobab tree, cuddle every chameleon and love every lemur in Madagascar. We will organize your driver, accommodation, guides, activities and more. Plus access to our Concierge Service and unlimited access to our Hotel Reservation service.

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    10-Day Madagascar Adventure!

    All of the above plus a 10-day trip for two people to Madagascar planned in person by yours truly - including accommodation, vehicle rental, fuel, ferries, and park entry and guide fees. We will help create your lifelong memories!

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    We will personally escort you on your 10-day trip for two people to Madagascar, teach you Malagasy, guide you through the parks, show you the adventure of a lifetime, and ensure we stay life-long friends. My jokes are funny, don’t listen to Brittany.

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