Tamra Carlson, Co-Founder

Passionate about creating a life designed to intertwine her personal and professional goals simultaneously, Tamra embarked on the social entrepreneurship journey in 2018. After a decade of working in various non-profit settings, coupled with her unbendable ties to this region of Africa, she created The Cove social enterprise. Embarking on this social venture led her into a powerful partnership which ultimately sparked the formation of The Cove Collective. Read more about our story here. Tamra holds a Masters of Social Science from the University of Colorado Denver and is the mother of an incredibly spirited, talented, and globally conscious son, Oliver.

Zinyengo Kawonga, Co-Founder

Zinyengo, alumnus of Mzuzu University, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Water Resources Management and Development. After university in 2016, Zinyengo worked as a teacher in Jenda and also worked as a project officer for a non-profit organization in Ekwendeni. Zinyengo’s enthusiasm for community development led him into a great partnership which ultimately sparked the formation of The Cove Collective. His experience in working with both international and local Malawians makes him an important asset to The Collective. Zinyengo is originally from Chitipa district and he is currently based in Chilumba within Karonga district of northern Malawi.

Advisory Board

We are currently in the process of recruiting a diverse array of professionals to join our endeavor. We are looking for both Malawians and westerners with skills ranging from grassroots community development, accounting/financial background, non-profit administration and fundraising experience. If you are interested in getting more information or nominating someone (including yourself), please email us at