Hey, this is Jenner Balagot, Mahalio’s Founder and CEO.
In 2012, as part of a graduate school project, I took a trip to Mabara, Uganda and met a group of great people serving a small children’s hospital in the middle of Africa. After talking with the local staff, I came to realize how much this remote hospital relied on its network of traveling friends and family to deliver important supplies to sustain their operation.
As I traveled after graduation, I started witnessing how much this person-to-person shipping network was very much of a reality for many countries in the emerging economy. Here, human ingenuity and kindness overcame the challenge of logistics in delivering a much-needed
Mahal = love
IO= input / output.
Suren was raised by first generation Sri Lankan immigrants in the SF Bay Area. Both of his parents hail from families with philanthropic histories, and thanks to this Suren understood the social responsibilities associated with wealth from a young age. He has traveled across the world, worked with numerous nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and believes every individual should have the right to thrive. After completing his BA at UC Berkeley he began work at his father’s company as a software engineer. Thanks to the mentorship of influential investors and business owners around the world, he has developed a strong passion for morally-conscientious business, and seeks to use Mahalio as a platform to alleviate the world’s distribution problem.