Women Empowerment.

Women's Agricultural Development Program Launched in Tanzania

Africa Circle of Hope is now working with women's groups in Kilema Kaskazini, Moshi, located near the slopes of Kilimanjaro in Northern Tanzania. These communitities have a large population living below the poverty line.

Most are farmers with an average of one acre of land. Many are single mothers. They cannot afford the high cost of quality seeds and the fertilizer, fungicide and insecticide that are essential to successful farming in this rugged area.

ACOHF provides these items and agricultural training to help these women raise a variety of nutritious food for their families and earn a small income selling some of their produce.

This program, which began in 2008, will improve their overall quality of life and contribute to local economic development. The initial group of 40 women will be self-sustaining within the next year.

Women's Agricultural Development Progam in Kenya

The current food shortage in Kenya makes this program even more critical to nutrition and health in this rural area, where most people are living in poverty. Three women's groups in Meru are part of the initial program. ACOHF provides funds for seedlings, fertilizer, insecticide, hose pipes, sprinklers and basic agricultural training for the women.

One entrepreneurship group decided to plant bananas as their main crop. Other groups include widows and single mothers planting a variety of vegetables in one or two-acre plots. This will not only give them more nutritious food for their family but also generate some small income.

All the women are encouraged by this program and want to learn more about nutrition entrepreneurship opportunities with food processing. These initial groups should be self-sustaining within a year.

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