Sewing Enterprise for Adolescent Girls in Tanzania

by Harambee Centre

Dear friends,

“It is exciting to anticipate the change ahead in the lives and families of the girls and young women in our community,” says Gloria Sandilen, S.E.W. project leader in Arusha.  “I am eager to have the Training Centre nearly complete so that I can begin recruiting a new group of girls and young women to be trained.”

Construction on the sewing classrooms continues to make headway due to the generous support of Global Giving donors, other US donors, and Tanzanians involved in the project.  As you can see in the photos, security doors and windows have been installed and the Training Centre now has a roof.  The community is very proud of the Centre and its progress.  It was even included in the itinerary of a cultural tour for a group of visitors from the US

There is still quite a bit to do to complete the construction and make it ready for actual use.  There’s electricity, plumbing, painting, interior finishes, furniture and equipment to be done or purchased.  Your generous support makes this all possible and helps undereducated, unemployed girls and young women change their lives and improve the health and well-being of their children and community.

Thank you for supporting S.E.W. 

Asante sana, from Harambee Centre.


All of us at Harambee Centre appreciate your continued support for our program in Arusha, Tanzania. Together with our conscientious Tanzanian community leaders, we are privileged to be able to change lives.

The project leader and trainer, Gloria Sandilen, writes:  “Thank you very much to everyone for helping the girls and young women in our community to lead healthy and productive lives.” 

One graduate, Nemburis, is now planning to open a roadside shop.  Nemburis was like many young girls in Arusha when she started the SEW program.  She did not attend secondary school because her family could not afford the tuition and she married at an early age.  After graduating from SEW and receiving a sewing machine, Nemburis began sewing clothes for a few women in her neighborhood.  Today, she is confident about the future and teaching her husband how to sew.  Together they are hopeful for the future and planning to move their sewing business from their home to a shop on the main road in their village. 

Asante sana, from Harambee Centre.


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Harambee Centre

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

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