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Introducing myself and my journal: women economic empowerment

About Me:
Community development worker, A founder of Osotwa Community Network Tanzania(NGO) a for non profit making organisation, primarily is working for pastoralist and Agro pastoralist community.
According to Maasai who are the community we are serving, a women is allowed to own a chicken, and only a chicken as it is considered a low value property. even if a women brings cattle to the marriage relationship as soon as they are within the marriage home they belong to the husband. This is a big oppression to women from maasai community.
OCN Tanzania is striving to empower women economically in order for them to have dignity on resources possession.
We have 11 groups where each group consist 30 members in Tanzania they known as VICOBA (Village Community Bank) is for credit and saving their from pastoralist community.
We are working also with Women of Terrat ward who charcoal sellers, this business means women have to walk 75 km per day to go to look for charcoal, at the second day she has to rest and the 3rd day work more than 75 km to town to go to sell charcoal, worse enough no permanent or stable market so she has to work street to street looking for buyers.
We provided them sunflower seeds to plant, they have plant the challenge is a machine to process sunflower. we hope sunflower will used for food security and as cash crop.
We also working with women from Irkurot village. this women are casual laborers at white gravel excavation this women carry out 30 bags of 100kg and paid 3,000 Tsh . which is not enough for meal per one day.
we are trying to empower them on purpose of take them out from this slavering business

My Passions:
working for community

My Challenges:
lack funds for women project

My Vision for the Future:
envisage a free community from poverty

My Areas of Expertise:
community economic empowerment

Comments

Stephanie Roth Gurung's picture

Hello!

Hi Wilffred,

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This sounds like very hard labor that these women are doing. I hope that you can help find alternative sources of income for them! It seems like the VICOBA is a very good start for this.

I had a few questions: What kinds of foods and products can be created from sunflowers? And what do you mean by "A woman is allowed to own a chicken"? Is that the only thing she can own?

In friendship,

Stephanie

Wilffred W. Ole Ngima's picture

An answer to your questions

Dear Stephanie,
Thank you for your questions.
Sunflower seeds can be used to make sunflower oil, you can eat sunflower seeds, bio fuel can be made from the sunflower oil and the husks of the seeds can make seed cake for the animals.

In regards to your question about Maasai women, they are only allowed to own chicken even if they bring cattle to the marriage home as soon as it enters the husbands house it becomes their property.

Please contact me with any more questions I will be happy to answer them.
Wilffred

noelinekirabo's picture

welcome on board!

Virtuous woman,
Welcome to PulseWire! You are now part of a thriving community of grassroots women leaders and supporters from 180 countries. We are delighted to have you join this noble cause of speaking the voiceless women all over the world. Feel free to explore the different forums that this community offers. You can join different groups from the group directory so as to engage in different discussions about different topics. You can also check out various job and training opportunities in the resource exchange link plus so much more that you will discover as you explore this community.
I look forward to hearing your voice in the community!
In friendship,

Noeline Kirabo Mulongo

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