Women’s Craft Enterprise Education

As an ongoing effort to facilitate the empowerment of poor women in Tanzania, working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the House of Blue Hope charity arranged for women in the Mabibo community in Dar es Salaam to participate in a training course, teaching the women craft skills and building on previous training in money and resource management. With such skills, these women could capitalise on potential new revenue streams, and become more self-sufficient. 

 

Women sit together, preparing fabric to decorated and dye so they can sell it for a profit in the local market in Mabibo, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The women were shown various craft work techniques including how to dye fabric, and decorate bags, and how, with a small upfront investment in materials, they can create goods to sell then reinvest some of the profit of each sale in order to grow a small business.  The practical craft skills were taught as an example of how the women could add value to everyday materials that are available to them, without significant upfront costs. With a small amount of seed money, and using the knowledge they gained from the Women’s Empowerment course held by Tanzania Social Work Initiative Company (TASWICO), they could put into practice the lessons learnt about entrepreneurial success, and gaining more financial stability and independence.

women show off the results of dyeing fabric in bright colours in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

 

With these initiatives the House of Blue Hope charity is looking to educate and empower poor women in Tanzania who have not been given the chance to fulfil their potential. Instead they are faced with few opportunities to gain valuable experience or workforce training. Having not completed their schooling, been forced to seek unskilled, low-paying, and unstable work, or becoming trapped in domestic servitude, these women rarely escape the poverty trap that so often blights the lives of the most vulnerable within society. To enable these women to gain more control over their earning potential, is a step in the right direction in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG #8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG #5 (Gender Equality), SDG #1 (No Poverty), and SDG #2 (No Hunger).

It is also sometimes a critical lifeline for vulnerable women to escape domestic situations that are dangerous, with the all-to-real threat of domestic violence and abuse.  With more autonomy to provide for themselves, the poorest women have a greater chance of escaping exploitation.

By providing training and capital for the women in HBH’s community, to create their own unique products to sell, the charity is working to effect social change alongside the care and education of vulnerable children. The hope is these women can grow their product lines, and provide a new income revenue from further afield. Watch this space to find out how they get on, in the coming weeks.

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