Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

8 November 2012

Tanzania: Empowered Women Challenged to Protect Environment

Photo: Staton Winter/UN
Women celebrating international women's day (file photo).

FOR an achievement to yield other success stories, achievers need not be complacent with their success but seek to do greater good.

People who have accomplished something in their endeavours have a way of attracting a following because society tends to have faith in them and is more inclined to emulate them, especially when they mean well. As such, empowered women have been advised to engage in environmental protection initiatives because they are in a better position to influence the entire society.

The advice was given by the Month of Women Entrepreneurship (MOWE) chairperson, Ms Elihaika Mrema. "Women and young girls engaged in small scale businesses should consider embarking on environmental protection initiatives," said Ms Mrema during the 7th MOWE exhibition at Mnazi Mmoja grounds in Dar es Salaam recently.

Ms Mrema said MOWE which goes under the new slogan of "Msichana amka ujasiriamali ni ajira" (Wake up young girl, entrepreneurship is employment) aims at influencing girls to become successful entrepreneurs and that the program's goal is to provide women with education on entrepreneurship.

MOWE's contributing and promoting different ways on creating jobs, productiveness and income generation among women entrepreneurs in Tanzania, also it emphasizing women's entrepreneurship to develop and to be relevant to poverty reduction and achieving millennium goals Development through promoting gender equality and empower women, this objective of MOWE has proved true to the life of a number of Women Entrepreneur as follows; Speaking to Anna Mnaya an entrepreneur for 13 year, deals with selling product of scandal wood and turmeric, said engaging in small business helps to save children through paying school fees and providing other services which they demand on.

"MOWE played a big role on influencing me to keep on doing business through their training which proving concerning how we can meet customers and providing good services to customers and as well as we playing a significant role to ensure family well being through providing food shelter, health and education for our children's" she explained Amina Buliani an entrepreneur from Mwalole ajenu enterprises in Mtwara dealing with preparing baskets (usukaji wa vikapu) and cashew nut said in their group their almost 20 women were they use to make and prepare their business and sell them.

"Through engaging in small business it helps to independent and not dependent also it eradicating some of violence which was faced them like to be abused with their husband and to make people to believe that women are the backbone of socio-economies in developing country we suppose to be supportive in any ways". She said Amina MOWE aiming to provides women entrepreneurs with a platform to disseminate information on the role of women in socioeconomic development. MOWE has1250 entrepreneurs' members from different groups of Women's entrepreneurship in Tanzania, which basing in developing tools and support services for women entrepreneurs.

During the events young lady and women's entrepreneurs was getting knowledge in different sectors which allow them to move quickly and effectively to strategic interventions in improving and support services. As women playing a significant role to ensure families well being through providing food shelter, health and education for their children so women are the backbone of socio-economies in developing country they suppose to be supportive in any ways.

Through influencing them to be engaging in small business with good profit or micro enterprises such as keeping livestock, as part of the family assets of over come some of challenges which facing them. Elihaika said, Women entrepreneurs has faced some challenges such as lack of capitals but MOWE makes sure that helps women entrepreneurs through providing education on how they can manage their business and to consolidate their own networks by getting different customers world wide. And the main aim of MOWE is to promoting different roles of women's entrepreneurship which provide development in the national by recognizing the potential and achievements of women entrepreneurs.

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