Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Firm Vows to Support Women

THE Dar es Salaam based company, Darling Tanzania, has promised to give an opportunity to five women registered with Kipawa Ward Women Development Group (WANAMA) to become micro-distributors of Darling products.

Speaking during a daylong training organised by (WANAMA) in Dar es Salaam at the weekend, Darling Tanzania Managing Director, Mr Hussein Hamad said the initiative was part of the organisation's corporate social responsibility (CSR). "The company is committed to empowering women.

Women of all ages are the main consumers of our goods and therefore it is important to us to participate in empowering them and contributing to their efforts to improve their own and their families' livelihood," said Mr Hamad. Darling Tanzania contributed 5m/- to facilitate WANAMA training aimed to give entrepreneurship education to women, whereby more than 300 women participated.

He said since 1997, Darling proudly leads in the growing market as the manufacturer of high quality hair additions. In his openings remarks, the Deputy Minister for Labour, Dr Milton Makongoro Mahanga, said it was encouraging to see so many women eager to learn something to improve their lives.

"You are an example to young people who still have the misconception that they cannot do anything to employ themselves but must wait for the government to knock on their doors and offer them jobs.

"Entrepreneurship requires initiative and drive and through your effort to employ yourselves, you will also be creating employment for and empowering others," said Dr Makongoro who also serves as Segerea MP. WANAMA is a women specific project initiated to address gender inequalities in the small enterprise sector in the Kipawa community under the leadership of Ms Bonna M. Kaluwa, the Kipawa Ward Councillor.

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