Pledge for help to fund a women’s water and school project in Tanzania

Hi fellow!

I am Rasel Madaha, president of AGEN-Tanzania ( I held a Fulbright fellowship at the State University of New York, Buffalo from July 26 2009 to September 1 2012. Now I am back in my hometown of Morogoro, Tanzania. Driven by the Fulbright spirit of giving back to the communities, I have thrown all of my energies to a non-profit called AGEN that I helped found. The not-for-profit, among other things, empowers people through provision of people centred low-interest micro-loans to women throughout Tanzania, but especially those living in rural and remote areas. We also empower them with techniques that help them navigate social, cultural, political barriers to better their lives and those of their loved ones. Over the past five years, we learned and proved that when women are empowered, the whole community is equally empowered.

Particularly important, please allow me to introduce my fellow Fulbright colleague Dr. Shannon Risk, a history professor at Niagara University who has created a “gofundme” donation page (on my behalf) at to help women entrepreneurs in one of our project areas to raise a total of $2800 for a water project which will grow to become an elementary school for marginalized people living in the region within two to three years. Specifically, we have started a campaign with the women to provide better access to water in Morogoro. The attached video, narrated by me, demonstrates the problems women currently face trying to get water.

Here is the plan: they need to establish a tap water point at a convenient location where people will collect water using buckets. They (the customers) will contribute around $ 0.1 per bucket (20 litres) to sustain the project but at the same time to generate funds for the proposed school. The women have identified around 70 households each with water consumption of around 5 buckets (100 litres) daily. That means they will be able to raise $1050 per month once the water point is established. They’re going to employ two people to sell the water who will be paid a total of $300. For that reason a net profit of $750 will be generated monthly. That is equivalent to $7500 per annum (excluding to months when there is rain and the households get water from the rain).

“They need to invest around $4000 to develop an infrastructure for the water point. That is the only expense required. They’ve contributed a total of $1000, plus $200 donation from Dr. Shannon making a total of $1200. Accordingly, they need a total $2,800 to launch their investment. Here, is where you can intervene by donating as low as $5 at

Your donation, small or big (can be as low as $5), can make a big difference in these women’s lives by making water more accessible and in safer conditions, plus helping the women as entrepreneurs who wish to use the money earned to build a school for their community. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.

Please note that we are conducting this campaign from August 8, 2016 through December 31, 2016. Please helps us reach our goal. Help spread the word! Please visit and donate.

This story is further narrated at youtube (please click the two links):Part 1: ; Part 2


Rasel Madaha (Please take a look at the photo which summarizes the idea)

Figure 1: The Big Dream of the Women Entrepreneurs

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Remembering the Past: Ambassador Presents TUSSAA Women’s Empowerment Grant

September 14, 2011

Ambassador Alfonso E. Lenhardt and TUSSAA members at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam on September 14, 2011. (Photo: U.S. Embassy, Dar es Salaam)

Ambassador Alfonso E. Lenhardt and TUSSAA members at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam on September 14, 2011.

On September 14, Ambassador Alfonso E. Lenhardt met with Tanzania U.S. State Alumni Association (TUSSAA) recipients of the $25,000.00 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) competition from the Office of Alumni Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. The Ambassador presented the recipients with a gift camera and a certificate from the U.S. Department of State signed by Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Ann Stock.

The recipients are Fulbright and Hubert Humphrey programs alumni Mr. Rasel Mpuya Madaha, Mr. James Jesse, Rehema Monko, Mr. Felix Mlaki, Dr. Elinami Swai, Ms. Grace Mushi, Ms. Happy Kikwa, Mr. Bakari A. Bakari, Mr. Francis Edward Semwaza, Ms. Zena Kiwanga, Ms. Happiness Constantine, Mr. Peter Kabigi, Gift Tyea, Ms. Anna Chikoti, Ms. Wende Mpozi, Ms. Furaha Njovu, Mr. Awadh Awadh, and Ms. Diana Carvalho. Mr. Jesse and his fellows were accompanied by the following TUSSAA leaders: Dr. Peter Mateso (President), Ms. Grace Mushi (Secretary), Ms. Halima Mamuya (Treasurer), Advocate Victoria Mandari (Legal Adviser) and Mr. Peter Masika (Volunteering and Community Services Coordinator).

In his remarks, Ambassador Lenhardt thanked the alumni for their leadership promoting empowerment programs for women and girls. “Promoting active alumni programs is one of my highest priorities. I admire your leadership as U.S.-Tanzania alumni dedicated to ‘giving back’ to your fellow Tanzanians, and your ideas to promote Tanzania’s development. It is essential to include the immense talents and contributions of women towards Tanzania’s development. Your grant supports that vision. I congratulate you in that Tanzania was one of 38 chosen from a total of 683 submitted proposals, and look forward to our continued partnership.” the Ambassador said.

In his remarks, TUSSAA member Mr. James Jesse (Fulbright alumnus 2007), thanked the Ambassador and the American people for their support for alumni programs. “We have been fortunate to receive opportunities that have served our professional goals, and are committed to strengthening our work to promote greater opportunities for young Tanzanians. We thank you and the American people for this opportunity to help women and youth in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through funding our exchanges to the U.S. and through the AEIF, you have contributed to our ability to change lives and improve our country.”

The AEIF competition offers alumni of U.S. government-funded exchange programs the opportunity to address global issues on local, national, regional or international level. TUSSAA’s proposal is titled, “Women’s Empowerment in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa through Capacity Building and Training.”


Buffalo’s Presentation is a Great Success

Photo: Some of the Fulbright Alumni (Dr. Shannon is second from your right)
Dear Ageners and supporters,
I would like to take this opportunity to deeply thank Dr. Shannon Risk for firstly making the presentation at Buffalo a great success in terms of quality in that the majority of Fulbrighters from the region were represented. Among other things, we had the President of the Fulbright Chapter for Western New York and Pennsylvania among the participants. We also had representatives from University of Fredonia, Niagara University, Daemen College and the University at BUffalo. Dr.Shannon also funded refreshments for all participants of the event.
Secondly, Dr. Shannon has donated $200 to AGEN. This fund will be given, as a special fund, to some women entrepreneurs. Priority will be given to women in Morogoro who had no opportunity to receive funds from the Department of the state (their network was established in 2015). Those who are going to receive the fund will write a letter to Dr. Shannon to explain how the fund has helped them to transform their lives.
The check has been sent to Divine Muragijimana in New York who will then make arrangement to transfer the fund to the women in Morogoro. Thank you very much Dr. Shannon.

This Saturday’s Presentation by Rasel Madaha has been moved to new Location

Hi all,

Due to the outstanding response we’ve gotten to Rasel Madaha’s presentation on his work with the non-profit AGEN in Tanzania, helping rural women access micro loans for business and farming, we’ve moved the meeting space. The day and time (6/25 from 4-5 p.m.) remains the same:

St. Joseph University Parish at 3269 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214

Please get the word out to your networks, and thanks!

NB: RSVP to Shannon Risk at:

Free Public Lecture in Buffalo, New York

Are you in Buffalo? would you like to learn more about AGEN&AGEN-USA Inc (
I am going to offer a free lecture on one of our programs focusing on women’s empowerment at Buffalo this weekend. For details please read…/ (click here)
Rasel Mpuya Madaha
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African Women Entrepreneurs

“I think this is actually a time for Africa to show the rest of the world what is happening for woman entrepreneurs, having opportunities, creating opportunities – more importantly – I think the interesting thing here in Africa is that women are creating those opportunities for themselves and I think that is a game changer,” said Hawken

For details please visit

Call for Applications

AGEN&AGEN-USA Inc,  a not-for-profit incorporated in Tanzania and New York, USA, is currently looking for committed individuals to serve as board members.

Before applying, please  visit and read vision, mission and Agenda 2030

Qualifications of board membership include but not limited to:
a)Ability to communicate in English fluently

b) willingness to devote one’s resources including time and money to help the organization achieve its mission,

c) willingness to travel and live in remote areas for two or more days.

d) ability to use social media such as whatsapp, Facebook etc

e) Ability to give innovative ideas that can transform our organization.

If you think that you meet the above mentioned qualifications, please email your CV to me as soon as possible. My email is or

Mr. Rasel Madaha

Empowering grassroots men and women globally