We talked to Dorice about how her ICS Livelihoods team has helped entrepreneurs to gain business skills over the past three months in the rural village of Usengelindete, Iringa region, Tanzania. Whilst supporting community members, Dorice herself has also gained the skills she was looking for to achieve her dream of starting her own business one day. Over the course of her volunteering experience, Dorice has found a way to share her story and find a voice. Disability does not hold Dorice back. In fact, she believes that "disability is not inability. You can do anything." Dorice is becoming an inspiration to many whose lives are impacted by disability in Tanzania.May 14, 2018
"Not every closed door is locked, just push it."
This quote relates completely to my story. This is because I studied up to Form 6 and had a chance of keeping up my studies in the University of Dodoma but because of my family problems, I didn’t keep up with my studies. Due to that I decided to open the other door. That is why I am now a good entrepreneur and volunteer. I love the way I am.
From Sustainable Development Goals, to the inequalities between developed and developing countries, 21-year-old Raleigh Bursary Fund recipient Alex discusses his motivations, experiences and learnings from his recent Expedition in Tanzania.May 8, 2018
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.
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.
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
Saturday 21st April is World Creativity and Innovation Day. It’s the perfect time to shine the spotlight on some of the Tanzanian entrepreneurs who are taking part in the ICS livelihoods programme to develop sustainable businesses.April 21, 2018
Eddy Zakaria Gwasma is 31 years old and has a 6-year-old son. Her 14-year-old cousin also lives with her. During the dry season in June and July she sells her sunflower oil and maize and throughout the year she makes and sells the best mandazi’s.April 14, 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