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A new company is aiming to educate underprivileged girls in Asia and Africa by donating a percentage of its proceeds to a charity called Room to Read.

“We’re a design-driven tech accessories company that is focused on doing social good with our initiative ‘Leave a Mrk’,” Akil Momim, director of operations at Mrked, said.

Momin, together with Shahneel Kanji and Safin Manojia, started the company back in March and are launching a new line of mobile phones cases and tablet covers early next year at CES 2014.

All three of Mrked's founders are from South Asia, which is the primary reason why they chose to focus their efforts on that part of the world. About 15 percent of Mrked’s net income goes directly to the charity Room to Read, which in turn invests the money into the education and literacy of children, primarily girls, in Asian and African countries.

“One thing that we saw was that educating one girl breaks the illiteracy cycle within one generation. The reason being is because once they get educated, they take that opportunity and use it to educate their children and educate their families back home,” Momin said.

Mrked offers unique mobile phone cases for only iPhone 5/5S and iPhone 4/4S, but it’s looking to expand its product line by adding Samsung phone covers as well as tablet covers and tote bags.


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