Development Team in Tanzania

GOIG / Dar Es Salaam is a vocational crafts center located on the outskirts of Tanzania’s capital, Dar Es Salaam. TNP was introduced to GOIG by Diane White, Chief Strategist for the Buyer Linkages Program of the US African Development Foundation. GOIG (Getting Old is To Grow) was founded in 1999 by Grace Matemba, a widow with seven grandchildren, who wanted to help train women in craft production. GOIG makes beautiful sisal table mats, carpets, hammocks, tie-dyed fabrics and home accessories. More than 100 people are trained here, and Mary Mzeru, who directs GOIG, will help TNP to identify an initial 40 grandmothers of AIDS orphaned grandchildren in the area. These women will be trained and will receive ongoing revenue to help care for their grandchildren. TNP will help market the grandmothers’ crafts in Africa and America.

TANZANIA HOME ECONOMICS ASSOCIATION / Mwanza Headed by Asia Kapende, the Tanzania Home Economics Association is a national NGO  that works to improve quality of life for women and their families.  The regional director of CARE International in Rwanda introduced TNP to THEA in 2008. THEA is a national non-government membership organization that works to improve quality of life for women and their families.  Founded in 1980 by 17 home economists, its membership currently exceeds 1,000 individuals and institutions across the country. Their outreach to rural populations informed their expertise in conducting the first Business Skills training of four grandmothers for TNP in Mwanza, northern Tanzania.

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