9 March 2014

Tanzania: Regional Party Leader Appeals for Women's Small Scale Loans

Nyamongo — MARA Regional CCM Women's Wing (UWT) Chairperson, Ms nancy Msafiri, on Saturday appealed for small scale loans to women living in the villages around North Mara Gold Mine in the Northern Tarime District.

Ms Msafiri made the appeal to African Barrick Gold (ABG) when officiating during women's day celebration held at Nyamongo area on Saturday.

The move, she said, will help to fight poverty among women living in the area. "My request to ABG is give small loans to Nyamongo women.

Women are honest and small loans will enable them to establish income generating projects," she said during the occasion organized by North Mara Gold Mine. North Mara is among the gold mines operated by ABG.

Dozens of ABG women employees joined local women to celebrate the day which was also attended Miss Mara 2013, Ms Eshe Rashid.

The regional beauty queen told the audience that success in everything starts with women, amid cheers from the floor. The area's women special seats councillors thanked the mining company for sponsoring the celebrations that were coloured by various entertainment groups.

"This is our day and we thank ABG for sponsoring this event that has brought us and women workers from the mine together," said Ms Mwajuma Issa, one of the special seats councillors. The miner used the opportunity to award various prizes to three female students who emerged top during last year's Form Two national examinations from surrounding secondary schools.

"These students scored an average of B in their form two exams and the prizes we are giving them today will motivate them to continue performing well," Ms Annamaia, an official from mine's Community Relations Department said.

The mine further provided various prizes to government health workers working at Sungusungu health centre and Kerende dispensary. Majority of the mine's women employees said they are committed and determined to inspire positive changes in the surrounding communities.

They also donated modern sterilizer equipment to the Sungusungu health centre that serves hundreds of local people living near the mine.

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