” There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama
Women in rural areas spend on average 60% of their day collecting water. When they are not fetching water, they are responsible for cooking, cleaning, child rearing, and in most cases the main source of income for their households. With more than half of their days spent in search of water, they are unable to dedicate time to their other responsibilities. With the introduction of our deep solar-powered wells, women have direct access to clean, unlimited drinking water.
After we install wells, we support the women of the village to establish women’s groups. These groups encourage leadership, enterprise, and sense of community within the village. Because of easy access to clean drinking water, they gain hours back in their daily routine.
We sit down frequently with the women’s groups and discuss the challenges they face daily. When they explained to us their families live on less than $2 a day, we began to think of how we can help these women generate income. They informed us that most of them have experience in small-scale farming, particularly cassava. Agriculture is the backbone of Africa’s economy. In Tanzania, the land is quite fertile and the climate allows for year-round farming. Women are vital to the agriculture economy, encompassing 66% of workers. So we began with bumper farming with them years back. They were able to harvest cabbage, cassava, and okra and a couple other vegetables. Because of their prior knowledge, they were able to learn very quickly and created many successful farming projects across Mkuranga District.
We provide land and seeds as well as knowledge and farming tools to the Women’s Groups. We also assist the women in selling their produce, eliminating corruption which occurs often because of individuals taking advantage in the agriculture business. We train them in micro-financing as well so they understand how to run a successful business. With their farming projects, they are able to provide food for their families to eat and bring in money for their families to improve the quality of life for themselves and future generations.
Our goal is to get as many women involved in the cultivation of arable crops. Help us make this goal a reality by funding one of our farming projects.