Founded by Craig Esbeck, an American primary
school teacher and Peace Corps Volunteer, Mango
Tree was created to make learning both fun and
effective. After experiencing the issues facing rural
educators, Craig felt he could achieve this while
generating local employment, making an important
social impact and using environmentally-friendly
Craig named the business after Uganda’s traditional
classroom: the shade beneath a mango tree. In 2004,
Mango Tree became an employee-owned, private
Mango Tree plans to expand significantly in the coming years. This growth will make us a better partner for NGOs
because we will have the resources to do jobs more efficiently. It will also provide long-term financial sustainability
so we can grow our staff and attract more talented people to join us.
Our mission will remain to empower Africa with the best educational tools possible. To accomplish this, we will:
- Offer more services, including situational analyses and strategic designs, earlier in the communication process;
- Expand our package of creative services so we can apply our knowledge and skills to more sectors; and
- Make our services more widely available throughout East Africa.
People are often surprised when they hear we are a company. For us, it makes perfect sense. There are many NGOs
doing meaningful work in Uganda, but there are not enough socially responsible companies.
We believe the ultimate objective of development work is to create a society that does not need outside support. To
reach this goal, Uganda needs a stable economy with a healthy private sector as its foundation.
Mango Tree is not just a company. We strive to be a
role model for other companies by:
- financial sustainability
- efficient management that empowers employees
- accountability to shareholders, employees and the government
While projects come and go, the experience incorporated in Mango Tree will stay, as we contribute to a new generation
of Ugandans who are equipped to succeed as entrepreneurs.
Some might say we should simply reproduce and distribute educational materials for free. Mango Tree has another
perspective on intellectual property. We believe in shaping a workforce that is analytical and creative. Ugandan
society needs an industry of local writers, artists, publishers and printers who can invest in and improve their systems.
Giving away their work for free takes away their livelihoods and reduces their incentive to innovate.
Working with Us
Whether you are applying for a full-time or
freelance position, working with Mango Tree
demands creativity. With clients across the health,
agriculture and education sectors, each job has
its unique challenges. Our highly-skilled staff of
writers, artists and designers help you create an
end product that you can be proud of.
We are always looking for new freelance talent.
If you think you might be a good match for
Mango Tree, please send your CV along with
your portfolio or writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to to the volume of
interested applicants, we can only contact those
who are potential matches for the open positions.
Guustaaf van de Mheen
Guustaaf came to Mango Tree through VSO as the Assistant Director of Business Operations. His background in project management for multinationals helped as he transitioned into the role of Executive Director in 2010.
After teaching in Sudan, Jeff joined us as a copywriter in 2009. Originally writing for Mango Tree while acting as a communications consultant for UNICEF, he started full time in 2010.
Monica started in 2003 as a graphic artist. She has since earned her degree in vocational training in art and design with a focus on education and honed her experience to manage the design department.
Stephen was our first graphic artist, making our original snakes and ladders games in 2000. After getting his degrees in education, he returned as a studio supervisor before progressing to Operations Manager.
Human Resource Manager
Abdul has the longest tenure of any Mango Tree staff member, joining as the Sales Manager in 2001. Before that he was a secondary school teacher and cross-cultural trainer.
In 2008 Angella joined us as a sales representative. Her degrees in marketing and mass communication helped her get the hang of what we do at Mango Tree and explain to clients what we could do for them.
Fred joined us in January 2008 as an accounts assistant. He was promoted to Finance Manager in 2011. He is currently finishing his CPAU (Certified Public Accountants of Uganda) qualification.
Communications and Training Consultant
Mathias came as a GOLD intern from Health Communication Partnership. An active writer and director in Ugandan theatre, he concentrates on theatre for development and children.
Assistant Design Manager
Goretti joined us as a graphic artist making illustrations at the end of 2003 fresh from earning a BA in Industrial and Fine Art.
Reports & Downloads
Below is a list of downloadable PDFs about Mango Tree and our work. They are free for you to download and use as you wish.