Working to solve the challenge of transporting goods across international boarders efficiently and cost effectively to increase the economic capacity in rural Tanzania.
Throughout villages in rural Tanzania, transportation is a fundamental challenge for economic growth and self-sufficiency with few viable options for shipping and receiving goods in a timely and affordable manner. In addition to limiting entrepreneurs, this problem also impacts community development projects that seek to empower women and vulnerable populations through handiwork and crafts. Through our various collaborative projects featured on this Portal, we are supporting a number of projects that engage local women and girls in batik and tailoring initiatives, reusable sanitary pad sewing, and bicycle repair (to name a few).
While these projects, individually and collectively, have great potential to lift individuals out of poverty, they all share the common problem of shipping goods and materials efficiently across borders. While in America we have the luxury of easily ordering through Amazon or a professional shipping company and receiving our packages within a day or two at no or minimal charge, this is far from the case in Tanzania and other developing countries, especially in rural villages that are far away from urban centers. The cost is often so high and the delivery time so slow, that it is virtually impossible to send or receive goods, preventing community organizations and programs from participating in global markets and exchanges that could greatly enhance their success and impact. This challenge of shipping is so significant that if it can be addressed or solved, it could dramatically change the lives of the young men and women who are creating beautiful goods that people around the world would like to purchase if they had the chance.
The project will result in an analysis of possible shipping methods and the development of innovative ideas and proposals for addressing shipping related challenges both to and from the Mara Region of Tanzania. The recommendations will be shared with partners and related projects (through portal) in an effort to support targeted initiatives and help create sustainable vehicles for support. Priority will be given to materials associated with ongoing projects.
|Length of commitment||Short (less than a semester, 0-2 months)|
|Level of collaboration||To be determined by student/mentor|
|Benefits||To be determined by student/mentor|
|Who is eligible||To be determined by student/mentor|
|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: