I was writing reviews after some tips in Usambara and Tanzania, lovely time
The guides in Mambo Village were paid little money with owner taking a lot
Then A man Herman sent me these email, can someone help me understand?
This is email here
From: Herman E
I noticed that you are an "eco traveler" and advised to rent a local guide Hamidu and not to pay the owner of McI.
What you probably did not know that this guiding is a community activity and that the profit is used for community projects rather than for the "owner"
Moreover this owner, his name is Ndege, has a good heart for the community rather then $$ in his eyes.
I don't begrudge Hamidu and the McI staff , who will have got some bribing money, a quick profit but the challenge of development and community projects is that most people think of them selves rather then of the community. So for a cheep stay a good advise but for a good eco approach for sure not a good idea. It encourages people to get their own business outside the organized structure and guests to go for the cheapest instead of the most responsible.
Also you have to realize that we and McI invested a lot to get tourism going in Mambo. Somehow this investment and all the staff has to be paid. If all guest would go for this kind of cheap solutions McI would be closed soon.
I hope you understand and can change your opinion.
Greetings from Mambo
If a guide is paid $3 and the lodge owner takes $15 I can not change my opinion - it is a fact!
What is MCI? Who is bribing who?
Can someone helping me understand this muddleing