Livelihoods

Standing On My Own Two Feet

At the end of 2017, experienced social researcher,  Sherrelle Parke volunteered to travel to Tanzania (at her own expense) and undertake a 3 week impact assessment of  Mondo’s Grants and Loans Programme. Whilst she was in Tanzania, Sherrelle spent quality time conducting in-depth interviews with 47 recipients; visiting women in their homes, at local cafes and at their places of work in 10 locations across Moshi and Arusha, Northern Tanzania. The comprehensive 20 page report summarised a number of very important findings,...

Being Inspired In Kwa Iddi – Part 2

We join Rosemary, our local monitoring and liaison officer, on her visit to Kwa Iddi, a township not far from the hustle and bustle of Arusha, as she’s sees the impact our small grants and loans programme for women with HIV has had on recipients. If you missed Rosemary’s first blog on her visit, you can catch up here! We move on to meet Janeth Jacob who is at home.  She rents a room near the main road where she lives...

Being Inspired In Kwa Iddi – Part 1

We join Rosemary, our local monitoring and liaison officer, on her visit to Kwa Iddi, a township not far from the hustle and bustle of Arusha, as she’s sees the impact our small grants and loans programme for women with HIV has had on recipients. From the rice paddies of Masaranga, to the cabbage fields of Olmiringiringa from the kiosks of Ngaramtoni to the bustling market of Kwa Sadalah – I spend several days a month together with either Erneth or Glory,...

International Women’s Day 2017

As people all over the world start show that they are Being Bold For Change, we wanted to reflect on how our projects change the lives of hundreds of girls and women in Nepal, NE India and Tanzania. Take a look at some of our exciting projects which help empower girls and support women to build a better future. Our flagship HIV grants and loans programme has given widows living with HIV in the areas around Arusha and Moshi in Tanzania...

CEO Visits Tanzania – Part 6: The Adventure Ends

Read the final blog from our CEO’s visit to Tanzania. If you’ve missed the earlier blogs, catch up on Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4 and Part 5. A day in Arusha to catch up.  The most urgent task has been to interview another candidate for the Liaison Officer job, Rosemary, and I think we have found what we are looking for!  I invited her to join us at the team meeting this morning, which proved a great success....

CEO Visits Tanzania – Part 5: Smiles In Pasua

Our CEO continued his visit to Tanzania, moving finally to visit more grant and loan recipients in Pasua. If you’ve missed the earlier blogs, catch up on Part 1Part 2 , Part 3 and Part 4. We set off early with Mama Glory to visit the Pasua region, where our first call was with Nia, a lady who is totally unique in the Mondo scheme in that she makes bricks!  I first met her back in 2009 and we were so...

CEO Visits Tanzania – Part 4: Onwards To Moshi

Our CEO continued his visit to Tanzania, shifting his focus to our second wide area of operations, Moshi. If you’ve missed the earlier blogs, catch up on Part 1 , Part 2 and Part 3. We left early from Arusha to start a two day visit to Moshi, our largest centre of grant recipients. First stop was Boma N’gombe where we embarked upon a two mile hike into the hinterland with our local manager, Mama Glory.  Boma N’gombe is actually the busiest...

CEO Visits Tanzania – Part 3: A Day In The Markets of USA River

Our CEO continued his visit to Tanzania, this time heading to the markets to meet more of our grant and loan recipients. If you’ve missed the earlier blogs, catch up on Part 1 and Part 2. Today we are in Usa River, a flourishing township 30 miles east of Arusha on the Moshi road.  Usa River is hugely spread out and a long dusty road stretches as far as the eye can see. Scattered dwellings are thrown together on...

CEO Visits Tanzania – Part 2: Meeting Old Friends and New Recipients

Our CEO visited our Tanzania projects and tells us of his time on the ground. This blog sees him reunite with old friends. If you’ve missed it, catch up on Part 1 here. An early morning wake-up call thanks to the loudspeakers from the mosque just around the corner from our hotel.  We know this routine from many stays at Hotel Flamingo over twelve years!  It starts at 5am and last 15 minutes; the call to prayers! One has to...

CEO Visits Tanzania – Part 1: Touching Down In Tanzania

Anthony visited our projects in Tanzania in February 2016 and blogged about his experiences on the ground. Read more about his exciting adventures with our local team and the women living with HIV who benefit from our projects. Greetings from Arusha where we arrived this morning after a longish flight via Nairobi.  Mondo TZ Chairman, David Kinisi, met us and we had a good discussion with him en route to the hotel.  One unwelcome change since my last visit is the...