Category: Women’s Empowerment, Economic Opportunity and Prosperity, Food Security, Outreach to Marginalized Communities
Project Description: This project has been empowering of grassroots women living in semi-urban areas of Tanzania and in particular those who live Iringa and Singida regions since year 2011 todate. The women have created entrepreneurial networks to sustain their relationship with AGEN&AGEN-USA Inc. Many of the grassroots women are involved in small businesses such as sunflower oil extraction, food vendoring, shop keeping tailoring and making of traditional costumes. This project has been enhancing these networks through training programs, study visits, trade fairs participation and intercultural exchange activities; all are intended to empower women to cope with a fast globalizing world. This initiative has been achieved through provision of loans, cutting edge monitoring and capacity building training from a team of Fulbrighters, other US Department of State (DOS) Alumni as well as a significant number of non-alumni who are dedicated to the mission and vision of this project . The project has identified and promoted entrepreneurial women’s networks, whose members are equipped with entrepreneurial skills, in fostering their political, social, cultural and economic empowerment. Experience in many underdeveloped countries, such as Tanzania, reveals that a combination of training and micro-finance to women can yield good results in promoting their socio-economic status as well as that of the community and the country in general. This has proved to be true for this project.
In addition, the project has been facilitating networking among Fulbright and other DOS alumni from across the globe who share their expertise and American experience. Finally but not least, the project, through its experts, offers consultancy services to local and international organizations. The end product of this project is creation of a model which can be adopted across Sub-Saharan Africa and the whole continent of Africa.
Donor: US Department of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs
Award Amount: $25,000
Total Cost Share: $239,765
Grand Total: $264,765
Location: Iguguno Village, Iramba, Singida and Mwang’ata Ward, Iringa, TANZANIA
- Makoa Law Chambers Advocates and Tanzania U.S. State AlumniAssociation (TUSSAA), Tanzania women’s Bank in Dar es Salaam,
- Jumuiya ya Wanawake wafanya biashara Kinyangiri (abbreviated JUWAKI, in English, the Kinyangiri Entrepreneurial Women Association) and Iramba local government authority in Singida and
- Network of Iringa Grassroots Entreprenuers (NIGE).
Team leader: Mr. Rasel Madaha