Sewing Enterprise for Adolescent Girls in Tanzania

by Harambee Centre Vetted since 2008 Site Visit Verified


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

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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.


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.

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.

Additional Documentation

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


Sewing Enterprise for Girls and Women in Arusha
Harambee Centre

Organization Information

Harambee Centre

Location: Portland, Oregon - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Karen Smith
Portland, Oregon United States

Funded Project!

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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