Team Itulike – Good jobs and economic growth

8th December 2015

Our work has taken a multi-faceted approach in taking this vague goal in to tangible action which empowers and enables people to improve their own lives.

The first way in which this is achieved is though the delivery of the entrepreneurship program which teaches potential entrepreneurs of both genders and all ages the parameters of business and how to make the most of their ideas. We’ve been fortunate enough to meet many inspiring people over the last two months. We’ve met Fley, the 32 year old father with the idea of buying land in order to keep chickens. He hopes to build this business to a point where he can buy cows and send his children to school. We’ve also met Geophray, an eccentric 24 year old with the dream of supplying wood for the ever growing demand for cowsheds in the midst of a spike in the demand for milk. This being a result of the work done by organizations such as Heifer International and Raleigh. The offer of microfinance loans also enables entrepreneurs the flexibility to make their own decisions while facing pressures of repayment which is absent in the face of free money.

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The second way is through the creation of a sustainable network of relationships between the entrepreneurs and the community . These relationships take both an economic and personal identity. In terms of an economic relationship, we have looked to increase demand through increasing awareness of the health benefits of milk consumption. As a result of our action day (where roughly 25% of the village population attended), a café has began to sell milk and has received a great deal of business from doing so. At a personal level, we have sought mentors to help navigate the entrepreneurs through the first stages of their business. The roster includes a local café owner with a keen eye for marketing and market research and the authors own Mama who, in between caring for a house of 11 (including 5 male volunteers) manages to wake at 5 each morning to milk and care for 2 of the healthiest cows in the village and a newborn calf (named Bridie, after Echo 1’s own).

Finally, we have sought to build sustainable relationships between other local organizations (Such as various SACCO’s and Vicoba’s). In terms of dairy, we have looked to further the education delivered by the EADD through their sessions. As part of our dairy industry study, we have found a calf sharing scheme where members are given a free calf on the condition that its female calves are given to another member. We have also found a village milk selling association which boasts 50 members. This forming of an association has given members greater clout against producers. For those not wanting to pursue dairy, we have looked to bridge a relationship with local Vicoba’s and SACCO’s and to educate them on their potential finance options with whatever idea their wish to pursue.

Despite our work being carried out in a small village of 1,200 people, 5 other volunteer groups are working in Tanzania to achieve the same goals of empowerment, changing lives for the better and creating good jobs and economic growth.

 

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