From Our Founder
My name is Erasto Ammi Gurty, I was born and raised on the base of Ngorongoro Highland.
I was the 6th from the family of 8 children with four boys and four girls. I am coming from the humble family, my father being subsistence farmer and a night watchman at one of the farmers association Store where they store crops. My father was paid Tsh 30,000 per month which is equal to USD 15.
I started primary school at the age of 11 years. I was taking care of goats, sheep and few cows and there was no one to take care of these domestic animals. I was the tallest in the class and was chosen to be a class monitor. I was a good leader, because I was older, stronger and taller than everyone else in the class.
All my siblings and I were depending on this USD 15 to pay for the school fees, uniform, stationeries and food at home.
Different people supported us with our education.
It was not easy but we managed to complete secondary school.
When I completed High school in 1999 I was able to find a job at one of the lodge in Tarangire as a waiter because I could speak good English. This is where I met Arney Kovin who is from America.
I have always wanted to be a guide and wanted to go study wildlife behavior in any college because I did not have any choice. But Arney Kovin set aside a foundation to raise money so that I could go study at one of the International College in Kilimanjaro by the name of Mweka Wildlife Management College.
I was privileged. I completed in 2003, two years Diploma Course.
One day I thanked Arney for his big support and a good heart for supporting me with education.
I told him that there was no way I could pay him back. He told me, “Erasto, Pay forward to those in need”.
Then a search for a job began and I was lucky to get a job in one of the Luxury Company in Serengeti and worked there for 12 years until one day I met two friends, a husband and wife Gerard and Sandra Rook.
These people changed my life completely to a person I am today.
With all these blessing in my life I decided to have a company that will impact the lives of those in need just like me during my school life.
Then Gerard and Sandra and I opened a Safari company by the name LOMO Tanzania Safari Ltd.
LOMO means Less on Ourselves, More on Others. In this way when guests travel with us we set aside 5 percent to LOMO Charitable Foundation so that someone can go to school.
Education is Power!