PHASE ONE: Victims —-> Survivors

Our staff in Tanzania worked with leaders in ten communities to identify the ten most traumatized survivors in each and created a two-year counseling program for them. All the women flourished and showed improved depression and anxiety scores on culturally appropriate testing. Their counselor, who also has a degree in community development, began teaching the 99 survivors about the principles of business.

PHASE TWO: Survivors —-> Entrepreneurs

The women learned how to make tie-dye and batik style fabrics. They are paid per piece and sales go directly to program costs while providing economic security for these resilient women. The survivors now proudly call themselvesentrepreneurs and chose to name their enterprise VUMWE (voom-wee) Designs because in their Pare language, the wordVUMWE meansUNITY.

In 2019, Empower Tanzania became a member of the Fair Trade Federation and began growing this new social enterprise through sales, market research, and business and product development.

PHASE THREE: Entrepreneurs —–> Thriving Business Women

Empower Tanzania is seeking to raise $30,000 in 2021 as start-up capital to launch Vumwe Designs and help it become competitive in the international marketplace. Funds raised will be used to hire and train staff in Tanzania and support a three-year business development period. We believe that the program will become self-sufficient and the women in the Vumwe Designs collective will be trained and ready to take over the enterprise.


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