I am Rasel Madaha, president of AGEN-Tanzania (www.agentz.org). 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 https://www.gofundme.com/2aamn6n8 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 https://www.gofundme.com/2aamn6n8.
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 https://www.gofundme.com/2aamn6n8 and donate.
Rasel Madaha (Please take a look at the photo which summarizes the idea)
Figure 1: The Big Dream of the Women Entrepreneurs