Students will engage with ongoing and evolving projects in Mara, Tanzania that empower local women through the making and distribution of textiles, reusable sanitary pads, and other handiwork
Throughout rural Tanzania, women of all ages are involved in various sewing, textile, and handiwork activities offered through non-profits and faith-based organizations promoting women's empowerment. Often modest in their goals, these projects (even when successful) have limited reach and are difficult to sustain, relying on donors or grants. And yet, these projects - if coordinated through a viable social entrepreneurship model - offer an opportunity for groups to collaborate in exciting and sustainable ways.
We invite students to engage in an evolving collaborative efforts between Mogabiri Farm Extension Center (under the leadership of Bishop Mwita Akiri) in Tarime, and HRCO (under the leadership of Stephen Marwa) in Tarime. The initiative will engage local women and sewing students from throughout the Mara Region in dying Batik cloth, sewing reusable sanitary pads, and working on other projects as a means for building individual and collective capacity.
The project outcomes will include contributing to the evolving collaborative model including:
|Length of commitment||About a semester (3-5 months)|
|Level of collaboration||Variable|
|Benefits||To be determined collaboratively|
|Who is eligible||All students|
|Support||Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.|
To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience.
To get started, contact the project mentor using the contact information above to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge. Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.
Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project: