Men and Women
When we first began this program in 2015, we did it to support the women encouraging gender equality, but as the program grew we quickly realized that to truly support and encourage "gender equality," we needed to support men and women together. Our motto is now, "Pamoja, Tunakua," which is Swahili for "Together we are growing!" We currently have seventy-one men and women learning sewing and tailoring, decorating and catering, beekeeping and honey/candle/soap making, workshop for woodworking and small mechanics. We hire teachers from nearby Moshi and they have been teaching now for several months. We also built a maize mill where we are producing maize (corn) flour and millet for sale and free to the schools. The sewing group provides free uniforms to the children and sell clothes and embroidery. The women's decorating group had their first job for over 300 people (a wedding!) and make over $150 a month. This is truly a remarkable program!