BRAC Safe Spaces & Loans for Girls in Tanzania


How much can you learn from a chicken?

With your continued support, plus training and a micro-loan from BRAC, Asha learned a lot. In fact, her chicken business is helping her go back to school so she can learn even more.

Asha used to sit at home with nothing to do. Her father couldn't afford to send her to school, and she had no skills with which to get a job. In short, her future seemed bleak.

She joined one of BRAC's adolescent girls clubs and signed up for livelihood training to learn how to raise chickens. After completing the training, she took out a micro-loan from BRAC and bought 200 day-old chicks to raise. Thanks to the training she received, she knew to get her chickens vaccinated and to give them the proper food and space to move around in so they would grow up healthy.

Asha's already sold 100 of her chickens, and is using some of the profits to go back to school! 

Click here to hear Asha's story in her own words.


Like so many of our club members, BRAC's Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescent Girls (ELA) program in Tanzania has experienced a growth spurt! 

With support from the Nike Foundation, Unicef, and you, we've managed to grow the program to 180 ELA clubs. That means:

  • We have more than 7,000 girls club members, who've all gotten life skills training on important topics ranging from reproductive health to leadership skills.
  • More than 1,200 girls have taken livelihood and financial literacy training courses and taken out microfinance loans to start their own businesses.
  • We've provided more than $280,000 in micro-loans to our club members, with an average loan size of $142.

Thank you for helping us grow!


Meet Happy, Madina, and Asha, three girls from Dodoma, Tanzania who took out micro-loans and received training from BRAC to start their own businesses.  Thanks to you, these girls are happy, healthy and thriving!

Check out the video here:


The Girl Effect is growing and going strong in Tanzania!  With support from you, the Nike Foundation, and UNICEF, we now have a total of 180 ELA clubs in Tanzania with more than 6,500 girl members!

Here's the progress on the 20 clubs you've helped to fund:

  • 830 members and 20 mentors (one for each club)
  • All 830 members are now taking a life skills training course
  • 175 girls provided with livelihood training
  • 244 girls have formed microfinance clubs and taken out more than $37,000 in loans to help start and grow their business initiatives

Thanks for your continued support. It means the world - and the future - to these girls!

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All the best,



Last month, women and men across the world celebrated International Women’s Day with marches of solidarity in support of women and girls. BRAC Tanzania staff and girls’ clubs joined the global celebration with a rally, a discussion of women’s issues, and a culture festival. BRAC Tanzania’s participation recognizes of the achievements of the girls in the Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescents (ELA) program.  Click here to read more and see pictures from the celebration.

Meanwhile, our girls are doing great! All 20 clubs are still running, and we keep making progress with:

  • 830 members and 20 mentors (one for each club)
  • 167 girls provided with livelihood training
  • 244 girls have formed microfinance clubs and taken out more than $33,225 in loans to help start and grow their business initiatives

Thanks for your continued support!

About BRAC

BRAC is a global development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their own lives. BRAC’s holistic approach aims to achieve large scale, positive changes through economic and social programs that enable women and men to realize their potential. BRAC was launched in Bangladesh in 1972 and today reaches more than 138 million people in Africa and Asia through its programs that address poverty by providing micro-loans, self-employment opportunities, health services, education and legal and human rights services. Click here to learn more about BRAC.



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Location: New York, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Scott MacMillan
New York, NY United States

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