HELP GIRLS IN KIGAMBONI, TANZANIA, LEARN LIFE SKILLS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE AND REDUCE CHILDHOOD MARRIAGE
Women are the source of life. They are also the source of determination, hard work, sacrifice and love for their communities. However, the role of women and young girls in many places in Tanzania is restricted to housework and family care, denying them the possibility of engaging in economic or artistic entrepreneurship. Many girls lack the opportunity to attend school and with limited marketable skills, many of them are married to older men at a very young age (13 or 14 years old). Without education and with no possibility to build up their skills, they can become trapped in a cycle of dependence on men that often are abusive towards them.
You can help deliver a new hope to girls Tanzania by giving them a chance to continue going to school, learn income-generating skills, build confidence, and gain autonomy over their lives.
Located in the semi-urban Kigamboni district near Dar es Salaam, NITUNZE (“we all come from women and are equal” in Kiswahili) is a nonprofit cooperation and development organization led by Tanzanian women that focuses on women’s economic independence as a driving force for social change. It does this by:
- Helping to pay school fees for girls who would otherwise not be able to afford school
- Providing free counseling programs in a dedicated, private space that help girls learn about potentially taboo issues such as hygiene and family planning
- Facilitating entrepreneurship classes that teach girls skills sewing and Batik (a traditional Tanzanian cloth design)-- simple yet income-generating skills that can help them earn their own money—and connections to other female entrepreneurs who can teach their trade
NITUNZE was founded by Rehema Konza, a Tanzanian female social entrepreneur who has worked with women’s groups in Tanzania for more than 3 years as a researcher; youth programme leader, and active resident community member. NITUNZE’s on-the-ground, all-female team has deep community connections in and around Dar es Salaam and designs services that understand the specific needs and potential taboos that girls in Kigamboni face. Their connections also allow them to recruit specialists for trainings to supplement their programs and to connect girls with local female entrepreneurs who can expose them to business practices and teach them their trade.
Girls who have not previously attended school, joined a club, or taken part in other development programs show up to NITUNZE group meetings to learn from women like them.
DONATE NOW to help the women of NITUNZE continue to serve their community’s girls.
Helping change the women’s world means helping change everyone’s world.