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After our first phase review in Njombe where all the WASH teams met up to discuss progress with each other and project partner SAWA, we arrived back in Ndapo with renewed energy to continue our community-led total sanitation (CLTS) work.

November 19, 2015

Mr Stephen Mwasapeta is 65 years old and was born here in Lulasi. He has a wife, two children and one grandchild. After retiring from a civil service job fifteen years ago he started a tailoring business. During the early 1990s his business collapsed, however he was able to start it up again in 2001. He mainly makes school uniforms for the primary school. The problem with this is that his work is seasonal so because of this he bought a cow which brings in a more constant income.

November 9, 2015

In Ikungula, water is easily accessible. There are seven taps that distribute water to 173 households throughout the village. Water plays a vital role in everyday life here, it is used for drinking, cooking, cleaning, washing and livestock to name a few. Within the community it is also used to make a living; for example brick making, food preparation in the marketplace and breweries.

November 7, 2015

In The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs he suggests that, "a poverty trap exists within developing countries due to the fact that most people do not have a sufficient income and therefore cannot save money that could act as an investment for business." Sachs argues that, "a large injection of aid would propel developing communities out of the poverty trap and allow continued economic growth that would lift people out of poverty." This problem is directly addressed by the ICS Entrepreneur project; Raleigh are working towards furthering the education of young people in rural communities and supporting their professional development as well as increasing awareness regarding sanitation and health.

November 7, 2015

Not long after our arrival in Mibula, we began planning and conducting our first meeting with the entrepreneurs. We hoped to channel the potential of the young generation of Mibula by providing them with the knowledge and skills to set up their own businesses. Our first entrepreneur session was a great success, having received lots of positive feedback; we immediately began planning following sessions. As a part of our Needs Assessment Report, we designed and completed a variety of baseline surveys, with the support and advice from the previous Raleigh Entrepreneurs which is where we met Yona.

November 7, 2015

Micro finance for sustainable development is the idea of giving small loans at fair rates to small businesses in rural communities as a way of encouraging independence and growth. The money given can then have a 'trickle-down' effect on families by improving their livelihoods and the community as a whole through increased economy. This idea promotes active development by getting the tools or funds to support a wide variety of local business and industries.

November 7, 2015

After three weeks in Mpangala, the team has caught up with key community members to see how Raleigh’s work in the village is being received. We asked the headmaster of Mpangala Primary School, Mr Mukalawa, and Mama Ima, a respected figure of the community, Church leader and Chairperson for the women and children of the village, to share their thoughts.

November 7, 2015

When asked how they felt about the oncoming prospect of completing Phase One of Expedition, I received comparable responses from across each Alpha group.

November 5, 2015

Sanitation and Water Action (SAWA) is a Dar es Salaam based local NGO. SAWA promotes and facilitates safe access to sustainable and affordable sanitation, hygiene and water supply services for communities in need of quality sanitation. SAWA are financially supported by UNICEF however they do not have the human resource to fulfil large scale projects. Team Mbela are working alongside SAWA to increase their capacity to reach the community of Mbela through awareness raising, baseline surveys and infrastructure development.

November 2, 2015