Sewing Enterprise for Adolescent Girls in Tanzania



The project provides sewing and business training to increase the skills and income potential of 30-60 undereducated and underemployed adolescent girls each year.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In a rural area near Arusha a group of Maasai women concerned about girls and young women in their community who were living in dire poverty, in abusive relationships, abandoned, or involved in prostitution are teaching them sewing and business skills. Graduates receive a sewing machine and many increase their incomes from <$1/day to an average $8/day. Funds will complete construction of a new training center to help more students improve their lives and to establish a sewing cooperative.

How will this project solve this problem?

By constructing and equipping a training center, more adolescent girls will have the opportunity to gain sewing and business entrepreneurship skills and develop a supportive business cooperative.

Potential Long Term Impact

The project will train 30-60 adolescent girls a year in sewing and business entrepreneurship, allowing them to increase their incomes, pay school fees, and improve their own and their families' health and well-being.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $597

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $597 .  The original project funding goal was $20,671.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Karen Smith

Portland, Oregon United States

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Map of Sewing Enterprise for Adolescent Girls in Tanzania
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