Zanzibar Special Projects
Generosity in Action is happy to support the special projects that Nan Lashuay has sponsored in Zanzibar, Tanzania. We have worked with Nan Lashuay when she was the faculty at the UCSF School of Nursing in Oakland, California before she moved to Zanzibar and began her work there.
The most recent effort of Generosity in Action has been to secure five laptop computers equiped with Microsoft XP and a series of Office programs that are being delivered to Zanzibar be a group of Vanderbuilt students who are participating in volunteer program. The goal will be to teach computer skills to the local people. For photos click here.
Genorisity in Action donors have also helped fund a support house in Zanzabar.
ZSP provides technical, fundraising and website support to small grassroots organizations:
One of the earliest projects that Generosity in Action helped to fund is the Kuira Good Hope Women's Cooperative which is now a part of the greater ZSP program.
Kirua Good Hope Women's Cooperative
One of their chief goals-and something that is a struggle and a profound worry for almost every family-is finding the $25 or so each year for school uniforms and supplies required to send each child to school. The project goals are to get knitting machines so the women can make their children's school uniforms-thus increasing the likelihood that they will be able to afford the cost of schooling their children. (In Africa, about 50% of children don't attend school, mostly due to financial barriers.) The group has divided themselves into teams of 6 women (each with a specific workday) and come up with a detailed plan about how the women who know how to use the equipment will train the others and how they will work together to produce the simple sweaters, shirts and skirts or pants the children are required to wear to school. They also have plans to sell uniforms to other families in the village and nearby villages and to start a custom seamstress service for the former villagers who return each year for Christmas and like to have traditional clothing made for themselves.
Mama Flora, shown on the right with her daugfhter Lily, is the president of the Kirua Good Hope Women's Cooperative. Our dealings are directly with her and her organizing committee.
The women also asked if they could start a microloan project with the funds that was presented to them in November '06. Individuals or groups of women are able to borrow money to do a mini-business and repay it with a bit of interest from the profits they make.
Ten projects are underway with the first donation. The projects include raising pigs and poultry, buying bulk quantities of grain and repackaging it for sale in smaller quantities in the village.
The women have set up their own rules, approved all the projects and
developed a bookkeeping mechanism for keeping track of the loans. As well
as providing a small amount of capital, they also were very happy to have
opportunity to design their own project and make decisions about how to
spend the money themselves.
The seed money for these projects will be fairly limited but, as one of the women told us, the money is important but so is the energy and encouragement they get from knowing that other people are interested and believe in what they are doing.