Wise training women entrepreneurs in Dar to improve livelihoods

19May 2020
Beatrice Philemon
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Wise training women entrepreneurs in Dar to improve livelihoods

AS the race against family poverty gathers steam, hundreds of women small business owners in Dar es Salaam are receiving training on entrepreneurship and better management from Women in Social Entrepreneurship (WISE) organization.

Wise’s executive director, Dr Astronaut Bagile speaking to Keko Mwanga women small business owners during an entrepreneurship training held in Dar es Salaam last week. Photo: Beatrice Philemon.

Wise’s Executive Director, Dr Astronaut Bagile said in Dar es Salaam last week that the training is part of a three-year project dubbed, ‘Improvement of Social Welfare of Under-privileged Families and Children in Temeke municipality’s Keko Mwanga area with funding from South Korean based Holt Children Service Incorporation.

The project which runs through 2019/22 targets poor households where women are trained on how to set up business, keep records properly and how to market their products in order to graduate and become medium size business owners.

“The training officially started in January this year with 25 single mothers from Keko Mwanga ward who have been equipped with skills to engage in ‘Mama lishe’ food vending busniess, ice cream business, selling groundnuts and biscuits business,” said Dr Bagile

She said after the training, Wise has assisted them form a group known as ‘Mwanamke Malengo’ which has since received formal registration and Village Community Banks (Vicoba) has since been established as an affiliate institution.

“Wise decided to come up with this project after discovering that women from poor households are suffering a lot to get food to feed their families because they have no income generating activities,” said the Wise Executive Director.

The three year program is part of Wise’s strategic plan and agenda for 2019/22 which targets to empower under-privileged women who are struggling to survive with families especially single mothers.

Formed in 2003 with official registered attained in 2005, Wise seeks to address growing concern on social inequalities and increasing abject poverty among women and youths in the country.

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