On Saturday 8th July, we held our first action day at Sawala Primary School to introduce ourselves and Raleigh Tanzania to the community. The day was successful with more than 300 people attending. The afternoon involved football, netball, tug of war and face painting. We closed the day with dancing, prizes and speeches from our team leaders, the village chairman and our project partner the East African Dairy Development (EADD).
The main component of the project is entrepreneurship training sessions with the community. We have been holding lessons five days a week with more than 30 budding and existing entrepreneurs. Topics we have covered include cash flow, market research and business model canvas (BMC).
On Saturday 22nd of July, we delivered introductory business sessions to 16-year old students of Sawala secondary school. This included topics of market research, the BMC and finance. The following day, many of us attended our first church service in Sawala. A few members of the team gave a short speech to the community and we were warmly welcomed.
“We always see our facilitators working as a team so we have learnt to do the same. This makes it easier for us to solve problems together.”
– Nasibu, entrepreneur
“The Raleigh volunteers have increased our sales of chips and biscuits. They have also taught us how to manage our businesses.”
– Juma, entrepreneur
At the beginning of phase two, entrepreneurs will prepare their BMC and cash flows and finalise their business ideas. On Friday 18th August, the entrepreneurs will pitch their business proposals to Raleigh Tanzania who provide grants for ten entrepreneurs to start up their enterprises in Sawala.
We plan to hold two more action days, continue teaching at the secondary school and start a youth group to encourage young people to tackle issues in the community. Each day we are all learning more from our fellow volunteers, entrepreneurs and members of the community. The Echo 6 team look forward to more exciting adventures in the final phase of the livelihoods project!
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