Releasing women from carrying water on their heads



Background and Progress to date

AGEN&AGEN-USA Inc is looking for collaborators, donors, NGOs and individuals to join efforts of the AGEN-USA Inc’s president Mr. Rasel Madaha to bring water to one of the unplanned settlements in Tanzania. Rasel Madaha was a Fulbright fellow at the University of Buffalo, in New York, USA from July 2009 to September 2012. Now he is back in his hometown of Morogoro, Tanzania, where he works as a lecturer at Sokoine University of Agriculture in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Community Development. As one of the founders of AGEN&AGEN-USA Inc, he has been focusing on empowering grassroots people by, among other things, providing them with low-interest micro-loans, consultancy services, training, counselling, water and sanitation.  For details on their interventions, please visit

More importantly, he with assistance of Prof. Shannon Risk of Niagara University (located New York) has started a campaign with grassroots women in Tushikamane Street, Morogoro, Tanzania to provide better access to tap water to marginalized people.  Originally, the project goal was to build a tap water point to allow women access tap water at a nearest point so as to prevent them from walking through unsafe conditions. The contributions from the original project were going to be used to build a community school in the neighbourhood. Recently, however, more people in the neighbourhood (50 households) raised more funds to bring a major 4 inches PVC pipe (piped-in water) covering 354 meters from the nearest tap water sources (with 1.5 inches branches covering 300 meters) with the aim to ensure that each of the households in the neighbourhood gets tap water. A total of $3500 from community members and other stakeholders (Individuals, AGEN-USA Inc, and MORUWASA- government water authority) has been raised and spent in the project.


The Challenge and Funds Needed

Although the majority of women have contributed funds to bring piped water into the neighbourhood, the majority of them cannot afford expenses associated with installing tap water into their respective households. In view of that, this project is about raising funds to create a cumulative fund to enable people and women in particular living in the neighbourhood (150 households) to get low interest loans to install a tap water system into their respective households. Then, they will repay the loan in cycles of four months with a small interest of 10%. The funds will then be passed to other women in the neighbourhood who will in turn install the tap water system in their households. We need a maximum of $5000 to install a tap water system in 50 households. However, we currently target $2800 to be used as a revolving fund and serve at least 25 households in the first phase. The remaining 25 households will be served in the second phase.  After the second phase, a total of $ 3360 will have been raised. $1060 will be used to extend a 4 inches PVC pipe by at least 132 meters to serve an additional 100 households. The third phase (a four months cycle) with $2300 will serve 23 households out of 100 households. The remaining four phases (i.e. phase 4, phase 5, and phase 6) will serve the remaining 77 households. At the completion of Phase 6, a total of 150 households in the neighbourhood will have access to tap water. Once all the 150 households have access to tap water in their respective households.  Specifically, at the end of phase 6, a total of $3,311 will be generated and used to build community elementary school in the neighbourhood.

The Video Clip

In this video (accessed at ), Rasel narrates stories on the challenges faced by community members and how AGEN (and its grassroots implementing partner) has helped them bring piped water into the neighbourhood. For details about other AGEN’s interventions, please visit The women are truly holding up “Half the Sky” and they deserve to be assisted.

How can you engage?

Your donation, small or big, 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. There are two sites for fundraising

  1. (everyone can donate through this site)
  2. (this site receives donations only from Microsoft employees. If you know one, please ask him or her to kindly donate)

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.  Please help us reach our goal of raising $2800.

We are also looking for like-minded not-for-profit organizations looking for implementing partners on women and gender related issue in Tanzania. Finally, we are looking for result based volunteers living in New York to serve as Board of Directors, contact persons and volunteers.


Here is what individual donors have to say:

Sharon Green

I run a nonprofit that does humanitarian work in rural Uganda (Global African Village). I know that relatively small amounts of money can go a long way in many African nations. This is a worthwhile project – good luck reaching your goal

Lily Muldoon

Water scarcity in East Africa is a profound issue. As a former Fulbright scholar committed to this cause, I support AGEN in this important mission.

Alan Fryar

I’m a Fulbright alum working on water issues, particularly in Africa and Asia. This sounds like a worthwhile cause and I’m making a contribution in honor of my wife’s birthday.

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
poster photo

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