In January and February 2017 the third course was run by Women Power Africa in Bashay Village Tanzania. Around 40 women attended the course, which was focused on those who had attended previous courses and needed some further assistance with their business plans. Two teachers and one volunteer came over from Iceland and a two week session was held at Bashay Primary School and Joffa Primary School. A graduation ceremony was held on 2 February and the picture below was taken at that happy occasion.
A new course in entrepreneurship will start Monday 23 January 2017. This course will be run for those who have already been through the first phase course, either in 2015 or 2016. Teachers this time will be Anna Elisabet, Magnus Arni and Auður Ingófsdóttir from Bifröst University.
A research in relation to the women power project was presented on an international conference in Zanzibar early September, by Dr. Anna Elisabet Olafsdottir. The results reveal the hurdles women - who want to be entrepreneurial - face. Women have from young age responsibilities for big households and limited possibilities to be part of the labour market. However, the results show that women desire to become entrepreneurial and to get opportunities to establish networks and participate in the business life.
WOMEN POWER received a grant from the Icelandic social responsibility fund AlheimsAudur this week. It is a generous grant which will make it possible for us to hold the 3rd round of the Entrepreneurship courses for the women in Bashay.
The grant is also an important contribution to establish a Micro-financing fund for the women. To have a small loan to start up the businesses has been a big hurdle for the women until now.
We highly appreciate the support from Virding in Iceland and we thank them for believing in our project. It has given us new hope.
Here are Anna Elisabet Olafsdottir and Restituta Joseph Surumbu receiving the grant earlier this week.
Today Anna went for a meeting because of the home for orphanage home which one of the groups of women are working on. The meeting was successful and representatives of the municipality and school were very thankful for the initiative. After luch there was an open session with computers and handcraft.
This morning we visited a primary school in the town of Daffa. We were looking at a possible housing for an orphanage. One of the ladies were with us but she had pointed out this empty house near the primary school. Anna presented the idea to the headmaster of the school and got very positive response. Tomorrow the women and Anna will meet with the town council and the headmaster.
After lunch the women continued working on finance and planning for their business. The women presented their planning and their vision for the next year. It was rewarding to hear that the course had be a bit hard for them and at the same time opened their mind and increased their self-esteem.
Duka a small grocery shop is a popular business idea with the women on the course this year and last year as well. You can see Duka everywhere a side the road and at people’s home. Specially women with young children se opportunity in having small Duka.
This morning we met up with two women from last year’s course. One of them has established a small Duka with around 25 product group’s such as soda, salt, rice, water and soap. The other girl is still saving up to be able to open her Duka.
After lunch the women worked with finance and planning for their business ideas. They had to find start up cost, monthly expenses and possible income.
Today was a day off which we used to visit Ngorongoro conservation area. We saw wild animals like lions, zebras, elephants, gnu, buffalos etc. all living together peacefully, at least when the lions are not hungry. We recommend everyone to visit this magnificent place which is one of UNESCO world heritage places.
Today we concentrated on handcraft. Hulda thought the women to knit, crochet and make batik. All were very enthusiastic about the handcraft and soon learned the basic steps.
We brought 4 computers with us from Iceland, which were gifts from companies, to give away. Most of the women had never touched a computer before. Today the learned to write in Word and format the letters. Some of the most engaged participants made basic steps in power point presentation with pictures.
Tomorrow we have a day off and intend to visit Ngorongor national park.
Last night it started to rain cats and dogs with the result we had to change the schedule. Around 11 a´clock it stopped raining and we walked down to the kindergarden. After luch time we used Bajadis wich was an unique experience in this conditions. Today 30 women paticipated in a group work where they discussed specialisation, priceing, competition and possible partners. In the end of the day the groups introduced their work loud and clear. It is rewarding to see their self esteem growing day by day.