Students will engage with new collaborative initiative that seeks to 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 effort 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. Collaboration with Stitch Buffalo is also being explored with other parrtnership opportunities being evaluated as the project gets under way.
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. These badges will:
All students who wish to participate in a project on the Project Portal must first complete the Project Preparation Digital Badge. First, contact the project mentor to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge.
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: