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The end of our team's time in the village of Msimba on an ICS Livelihoods project seemed to begin on pitching day itself. We arrived at our training centre at 6am to set up and spend most of the day waiting for each entrepreneur to pitch their business idea to a panel and then for the results to be decided. All the time we had spent session planning, teaching, doing one-to-ones and practice pitches had all come down to this. Fortunately, all our entrepreneurs had put in a considerable amount of effort and were well-prepared for their pitches, resulting in 11 out of the 14 business ideas we put forward achieved a Raleigh grant.

May 7, 2018

Beekeeping is a key sustainable micro-enterprise that can impact the lives of young people living in rural Tanzania. Beekeepers do not need a large area in which to put their hives. The bees do not need constant attention, as they are very self-sufficient. The production of hives and processing of
honey is relatively inexpensive. Just a small amount of technical knowledge is needed to keep bees. In this blog, successful entrepreneur, Ninga, shares with us how he discovered beekeeping and how he is making it his livelihood. Thanks to the support of project partner, Tanzania Forest Conservation Group and Raleigh Tanzania’s entrepreneurship programme, Ninga is currently building more hives so that he run a sustainable business, both for himself and in contribution to the sustainable Forest Policy in Tanzania.

May 1, 2018

Last week, Elizabeth (pictured), gained a Raleigh grant to start her own business in the rural village of Ihombwe, Kilosa district, Morogoro region, Tanzania. For the past ten weeks Elizabeth has been attending a Raleigh Tanzania ICS Livelihoods training programme. Last Friday 27th April, Elizabeth successfully pitched for a grant to start a porridge mix supply business. Her unique selling point? Elizabeth’s porridge is made of specific, locally-sourced ingredients which are full of nourishment. Children in particular are in need of this nutritious source of food in rural parts of Kilosa, as Elizabeth experienced first-hand when she took her own daughter to hospital. How will Elizabeth overcome challenges to create a sustainable livelihood for herself whilst also addressing a key issue in Kilosa? Before Elizabeth’s pitch last week, volunteers spoke with her about her business idea.

May 1, 2018

Fabian Moses Ndunguru is a 26-year-old science teacher at the Primary School in Muungano where Expedition volunteers have been working on a school, water, sanitation and hygiene (SWASH) programme. Originally from Ruvuma District, he was posted to Muungano in 2015 for his first teaching role. Logistics Officer Joanna Elding interviewed him about his role in the SWASH club.

April 25, 2018

Mvungurumo, a Gogo tribal village, lies in the Kongwa District of Tanzania’s Dodoma region, in the Eastern centre of the country. It has no access to running water, meaning that its 1,016 residents rely on a single pump which provides them with salt water. It costs the community members 50 TSH (approximately £0.02) per bucket of pump water, with the money collected going towards community development.

April 13, 2018

After two weeks of tubing, transplanting and planting seedlings to create a tree nursery, our work on the natural resource management project in the village of Nandala, rural Iringa, culminated in an action day. We held an action day in partnership with the community and project partner Tanzania Forestry Conservation Group to celebrate the end of the project. With the action day now complete, we report on the various creative and innovative ways in which we overcame language barriers to share our messages with the community.

March 31, 2018