Projects

Healthcare

We support the operations of a medical clinic that serves as the primary medial care for a region with nearly 20,000 residents. Our medical staff are equipped to treat the leading causes of death in Tanzania including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, lower respiratory infections, prenatal condition, and malaria.

Education

We support primary and secondary education for children in Igwachana and Mlingali. Students enrolled in our program are equipped with shoes, uniforms and the necessary school supplies.

Women-led Business Associations

These associations are comprised of over 200 women that run three retail shops, a tailoring business, a livestock rearing project, a timber forestry project and a micro finance institution. Profits from the association are invested in growth opportunities, community development projects, and to provide a safety net to meet the extraordinary needs of association members. The associations also coach and train other associations in neighboring villages with best practices for growth and development.



Igwachanya Corn Processing PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 January 2013 22:07

One of our highest priorities at Kuza is creating and investing in projects that not only support the local community, but also create a long-term self sustaining system that can eventually continue indefinitely without outside financial support. After seeing so much success with our model, we're excited to expand our own vision of what's possible with one of our largest projects to-date. The women of Igwachanya have a dream to create a processing facility for corn that will give them full market value for their corn and connect their small economy to that of the largest nearby city, Dar es Salaam. It is truly an exciting prospect and we had to share it with you here...

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When Women Get Together, Great Things Happen PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 July 2012 00:00

It is amazing to see the change that has taken place with some of our women’s associations. Many of these women have children and are widowed, so our ability to come alongside them and coach them as they form and grow groups that work together and share the profits is critical to their long-term success. We provide assistance by coaching them on their business plans, encouraging them, and providing financial assistance as needed to purchase equipment, livestock or supplies to get their ideas off the ground.

In Lupembe, more than 30 women (and the number continues to grow) are working together to raise cows and chickens. They’re also learning great lessons! The local government agricultural officer assists in the health and well-being of the livestock, yet some of the chickens have died because of disease. Still, they move forward. Two of the three of the cows have provided calves and are now also providing milk. The milk is used to sell at local markets and also as a much needed source of nutrition in an area where protein is not a regular part of their diet.

 

 
Clinic's Capacity and Influence Will Grow PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 July 2012 00:00

Our clinic in Igwachanya is proving to be an important resource for the community. Our staff dentist and nurse midwife serve more and more people everyday with basic needs. In fact, the village is becoming a hub for the entire region. The government has recently made some policy changes that effectively put Igwachanya in a position to grow rapidly over the next several years, so demand at our clinic will only continue to grow. Our staff dentist would like to purchase a drill and the related tools for fillings. This will be an expensive investment that we are researching as to how to best approach. We recently purchased a delivery kit for the nurse midwife for $125 US and we need to buy two more. Additionally, the clinic is providing "Care Kits" for the new mothers: a collection of local foods and other nutritional needs to help mother and baby.  We have a doctor from the US going to Tanzania in August. On her trip she will spend time in Igwachanya with our staff working alongside them, coaching them and helping us assess what is needed to help them flourish in their service to the community.

 
Families Thrive and Set Out on Their Own PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 July 2012 00:00

One of the most exciting things that we get to see happen is watching families go through our assistance program and set out on their own. These families would never have been able to provide for their own needs without our support. As we provide them with financial assistance to get on their feet, we're also providing them with the opportunities they need to succeed long-term. Whether it's a roof over their heads or a potential source of income for their family with a cow, these families are in desperate need of help. You can imagine the joy we feel when we see them transition out of regular assistance in the program and begin to strike out on their own.  Watching these families come full-circle to providing for their own needs is incredibly rewarding and a reminder of why we do what we do: We're changing the lives and trajectory of these families forever.

What's equally exciting is that as these families move into self-sufficiency we get to invite new families into the program and watch the process all over again. New faces, new lives, and new possibilities are imagined for all the beautiful people that we serve. This part of our program is about sharing the love of Jesus with these families: serving them, supporting them, and then sending them out to do the same. The impact that we have will be felt for many more generations because these families are not only creating a livelihood, they are learning from your generosity. You are modeling for them what it means to be a follower of Jesus and we will see them reproduce this generosity in their own community. It is not just about the financial support that you provide for a family, it's about creating a culture of generosity that can be repeated over and over throughout Africa. This is what we want to be about!

 
Business Associations Get Chickens and Cows PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 May 2012 14:50

 

Our new women's business associations in Mlanagli and in Igwachanya continue to do well. Our local staff has been working closely with these women to help them learn how to raise and breed their chickens for profit and keeping them to their business plans. Already, some of the chickens have died of diseases but the women persist: working closely with local agricultural officers to understand the problem and keep their livestock healthy. Most of the chickens are ready to lay eggs now and so these associations are well on their way to creating income.

Another association in Lupembe is raising and breeding cows. Several of the cows are ready to give birth already. These cows provide a vital source of protein with their milk in an area that does not have access to protein-rich foods. A single cow provides an enormous improvement in the quality of life for their families. They are also saving money together to establish a timber forestry project in the area.

The aim of these associations is to invest in groups of women that are working together to lift their families out of extreme poverty. Both groups submitted business plans focused on breeding chickens for eggs and meat. The profits from these businesses are shared among the women, most of whom are widows with children. Additional income is used for school fees, health care, and any major unexpected expenses that arise. Thank you for making this happen! Your support has allowed us to help 20 more women and their families begin the journey out of poverty.

 

 
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