Sophie Lafayette  Oct 2015
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How did you start working remotely? Was it something you sought out or stumbled into?

It has been a bit of an evolution as I have become more freelance or taken on short-term projects. Many of the organisations I work for have their headquarters elsewhere and/or my colleagues are not based in Dar es Salaam.

Do you still work remotely?


What do you do for work and for fun?

I work primarily in the tech sector, with a focus on emerging markets. I’m also currently supporting a mapping and risk management project called Ramani Huria. I have a background in publishing and also work as a freelance editor, writer, and social media manager. I also love to organise, recently I was lead organiser for TEDxIlala and have been running a writers group in Dar es Salam for the past two years (among many other projects!).

What cities do you call “home” and why do you want to be a Workfrom ambassador?

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

How did you find out about Workfrom and why do you want to bring it to your area?

Stumbled onto via Twitter, can’t remember how but think through similar nomadic websites and networks. I noticed there are very few locations for Africa, and being based in Tanzania I think I could help add my knowledge to the network. Many people based in Dar es Salaam also work remotely, or aren’t office based, and so I think this is a city that would benefit from a ‘workfrom’ community. Additionally, Dar es Salaam attracts many visitors, both for work & pleasure, and often they want to know where they find space to work from.

Any tips you’d like to share for others wanting to or already working remotely?

Pomodoro works well to keep me focused.

Any tips for those wanting to visit and work from your area?

Get a sim card as soon as possible, buy packages for voice and data. Go into the city centre in the evenings for great food. For accommodation, check out Rooms 4 Rent Dar on Facebook. Crime rates are rising, including petty theft, so be aware when walking around, especially if you have a bag. Always take official taxis (will have yellow, green, or blue stripe on the side). You can buy most things you need here but anything imported is very expensive, including bug spray & suncream.

What do you like most about Workfrom, and what would you like to see above all else come from us in the next year?

I love the spirit of the idea and the associated community. In terms of development, would be interested to see how the network expands, especially to places currently underrepresented.