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The Minjeni Women’s Group was founded in 2005 by Mrs Romana Olomi, a social worker from the village of Shimbwe in Kilimanjaro. In 2011, the activities of the women’s group were extended to the district of Rau in Moshi, where there is now an office. According to Romana, Minjeni currently helps about 1000 women.
Women can become members of Minjeni and participate in various projects offered by the group. They are trained by other members and have access to funds. There are five departments at Minjeni: Administration and Finance, Health Education and Mobile Care, Orphans and Vulnerable Children Care, Women and Widows, and Income-Generating Activities.
Activities are held three times a week in the villages. They include:
- Visiting and supporting orphans who live in foster care. While this program works well, Minjeni plans the construction and operation of a private day care center for the orphans to relieve the foster families through the day.
- In the area of health education and care, mobile care is used to educate people about nutrition and HIV/AIDS and conduct blood pressure and blood sugar measurements. Some doctors of local hospitals voluntarily take part in these visits.
- Women and widows are addressed about issues that are relevant to them, such as domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, inheritance, ownership, etc. Minjeni cooperates with organizations that specialize in topics such as legal advice (KWIECO), HIV (KIWAKKUKI) and female genital mutilation (NAFGEM).
- For income generating activities, members are trained in how to productively use the resources available to them in the villages – about growing and harvesting of crops, poultry farm in Shimbwe Village, using goats milk, seed production, sewing, etc.
An insert for interns and volunteers will mean work for five days per week: three days for field work and the other two for office work. This organization is particularly suitable for volunteering and internships in the field of social work. Romana puts a lot of effort in the supervision of interns and hence, they expect a contribution (see below).
KIWODEA (Kilimanjaro Women Development Association) is a center in Moshi, Kilimanjaro where women from rural areas are trained in skills with which they can earn an income and can thus, improve the lives of their families. The women subsequently go back to their villages and share what they have learned with other women (Training of Trainers). They get support from KIWODEA for the trainings.
The women learn about the production of agricultural products (eg. berry wine, dried mushrooms), handicrafts (mats, baskets, souvenirs) and clothing. One special feature of KIWODEA is that they ensure that they find niches that no one else has discovered, and help achieve a higher income than with the usual agricultural products grown. The Tanzanians, for example, do not eat mushrooms and hence, nobody grows them. However, there is demand from foreigners living in Tanzania, as well as from tourist restaurants. Since the KIWODEA women are the only ones who grow mushrooms in the Kilimanjaro region, they earn a higher income than say with tomatoes, bananas or mangoes with which the market is flooded throughout the year. The women are taught to make fruits and vegetables seasonally independent by using preservatives or drying them.
The KIWODEA Women have often won the prize for the most interesting products in clothing at a handmade fair in Dar-es-Salaam, in which they take part regularly. Their products are often more creative than those of other producers. In KIWODEA, social workers analyze the situation of rural women and families, their education and skills and then plan what income generating activities the women can learn.
In the KIWODEA Centre in Moshi, there is also a kindergarten, where children are cared for while their mothers learn something. The nursery is also attended by children from the neighborhood. There is also a small library, a room for physical therapy, a teaching kitchen and a small shop with the products that members make.
Volunteers and interns can participate in all areas. The head of KIWODEA in Moshi, Kilimanjaro, who supervises interns, has university degrees in sociology, child psychology and a Masters in Community Economic Development. Interns are expected to contribute to the organization to complete an internship.
KIWODEA also look for volunteers who can help women market and sell their products. There is no monetary contribution expected for this area of work.
TAFCOM gives a one-year tailoring course for young women and single mothers to help them earn a living. They are taught by two teachers. The products are sold in order to finance the program. Here, volunteers who have knowledge in the textile sector can take part.
In the tab “More Info” you will find an interview with our participant-supervisor Miriam on women development projects in Tanzania.
Let us know your preferences and interests and we suggest a placement to you!
Location: Moshi, Tanzania
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 Week
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Of Advantage: Swahili
Shared Accommodation, Host Family, Hotel
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Social Worker, Sociologist, Community Developer
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
No formal qualification required
Further Contribution To Project: Yes, 150 USD registration and then, 50 USD per week. Amount can be reduced for longer internships (3 months).
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: Expertise in the area of income generation for women, marketing, product development
Further Contribution To Project: None
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