Empowering village women

We send volunteers to help groups of women in two rural villages. One is at Loiboisireti 160 km south of Arusha and one at Marangu, a village at 1,472 meters in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, 140 km east of Arusha.

a volunteer, a goat and a Maasai woman.

At Loiboisireti, volunteers can help a group of Maasai women affected by HIV or widowed who have no family and are struggling to survive. Maasai women traditionally work very hard, so volunteers are helping them establish getting an income from that work. The work includes goat-herding and bee-keeping with honey to harvest. They are also developing a business of making traditional Maasai jewellery and crafts for sale.

In Marangu, volunteers help a similar group of women keep chickens or pigs.

In both villages, there are many other activities that volunteers might get involved with, especially with teaching. We do not have a base in either village so volunteers need to be independent and capable.