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Enterprise Program

Social enterprise offers hope for sustainable development by reducing dependency on aid, developing markets and improving the basis for economic growth. 

Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth. 

Guaranteeing equal opportunities for women and men is not just the right thing to do. The empowerment of women and girls is one of the most effective ways to achieve higher economic growth and better living standards for millions of people in developing countries. 

It is the empowerment of people that drives change. The key to creating this model is to remain within the same geographical location. Engagement with the people at the local level right through to governmental and bureaucratic levels will guarantee the needs of the people are heard and prioritised. 

The Enterprise Team

Ralph Norton – Director

Diana Butler OAM – CEO

Abdallah Obedi – Country Manager

Rebeka Rucas – Coordinator Empowerment of Women

Women’s economic empowerment is widely recognised
by governments, international development institutions,
and businesses globally as essential for human progress, thriving economies, and business success. This is why gender equality and women’s economic empowerment are key priorities in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

BSR | Women’s Economic Empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Recommendations for Business Action
Breakfast

Breakfast Program

The Care for Africa Breakfast programs have continued to grow successfully since their introduction in 2015, and now feeds over 4,000 school children every day. Many children walk up to four hours every morning to school on empty stomachs, having no breakfast and nothing to eat until evening. The impact of feeding the children produces healthier and happier children, with much greater concentration levels and consequently better school attendance. 

Sunflower

Sunflower Oil Production

Care for Africa collaborated with the Tanzanian Government to establish a sunflower oil extraction plant in the Women’s centre. The community impact with this program is estimated as reaching over 30,000 local Mtana and neighbouring people. The Tanzanian Government purchased the plant equipment and provided training sessions for the local people. 

Soapmaking

Soap Making

We are sponsoring the women’s groups to set themselves up with equipment and products to make soap. We have just completed an education program to teach one of our women’s groups (Bisarwi) to make the soap. They will teach the two other women’s groups to make soap.  Care for Africa’s reach is 32,000 people. These people don’t have readily available soap due to escalating poverty and isolation because of the coronavirus. We are hoping to be able to make enough soap for approximately 8,000 school children. This and the water wells we have installed will be their only sanitation product that will provide protection from COVID 19.

Sunflower Project

has directly impacted over 30,000 people.

Bisarwi Women

are growing the maize for our breakfast program.

East Africa Days for Girls

program to commence once boarder restrictions are eased in East Africa.

Over 5,000 trees

have been planted with our community programs.

Our social enterprise programs continue to enable the people we assist to define their own destinies. This
in turn allows them to be more resilient and better placed to confront economic and social challenges.

Ralph Norton

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“Haba na Haba Tunaweza”   (Little by little we can do it) Sponsor: The Boat Harbour Craft Group from Boat Harbour, Tasmania “The Ties that Bind Us” led by Barbara Minahan Chair: Rebeka Rucas Building coordinator: John Crick (Australian Volunteer) and Abdallah Obedi “Haba na Haba” was established in 2016 funded by The Boat Harbour Craft Group, Tasmania “The Ties that Bind Us”.   In 2016 a centre was constructed in Bisarwi with hugely enthusiastic participation and drive from the local community. Australian builder-teacher, John Crick, with the assistance from Australian volunteer, Wayne Skipper, worked with the Bisarwi Women and a range of community members, with Abdallah Obedi overseeing the whole project. Together they created the “Haba na Haba” Centre for the Empowerment of Women.  Programs
  1. Sewing: community clothes and school uniforms
  2. Teaching sewing to students and community members
  3. Agriculture
  4. Catering
  5. ‘Days for Girls’ program through the production of washable sanitary products for the women and girls.
  6. Soap Making
  7. Adult education classes teaching book-keeping, entrepreneurship, environmental management, dispute management (law), marketing and tie -dying 

The women are busy making garments and school clothes for members of the Mtana community and nearby communities. This has become the main source of income for the women. There are currently 21 sewing machines installed for them. Approximately 16 women are using the centre on a daily basis. The women have earned great respect from their husbands and other community members through the development of this program. They have become role models for their peers and families alike (delete). This social enterprise development will ensure a sustainable income stream for families who maintain a strong relationship with the Boat Harbour Craft Group, which is rewarding and beneficial to both groups.

“Amani” (Peace)

Sponsor: Jo Stubbs

Chair: Edward Tagagas

Building coordinator: Abdallah Obedi

The Mtana Women’s Group was initiated and established in 2008 with a group of women in the Mtana community. Through consultation and support from Care for Africa the Mtana Women’s’ Group “Amani” was formed. Their main income was sewing, mending clothes and agriculture. Twenty treadle sewing machines were initially gifted from Care for Africa. The women originally rented a tiny room for two days a week to conduct their business. 

Through the sponsorship and funding from Jo Stubbs the 2017 the Centre was completed. Jo is a member of the Boat Harbour Craft Group and is a longstanding Tasmanian supporter and sponsor of Care for Africa.   

In another initiative, Care for Africa collaborated with the Tanzanian Government to establish a sunflower oil extraction plant in the Women’s centre. The community impact with this program is estimated as  reaching over 30,000 local Mtana and neighbouring people. The Tanzanian Government purchased the plant equipment and provided training sessions for the local people. 

We now have a second building for the women and children of Mtana called  “Jo’s House of Love” 

This is being constructed as a refuge and welcome centre for women and girls of Mtana

Programs

  1. Sunflower Oil production
  2. Sewing: community clothes and school uniforms
  3. Adult education classes teaching book-keeping, entrepreneurship, environmental management, dispute management (law), marketing, English and leadership 

“Wanawake Surubu” (Surubu Women)

Sponsor: The Rotary Club of South Launceston, Tasmania

Chair: Veronica George

Building coordinator: Abdallah Obedi

The successful construction of the Surubu Women’s Centre has just been completed. 

Programs

  1. Sewing: community clothes and school uniforms