Project Title: Women Empowerment and Livelihood Promotion (WELP), Phase 1: Cattle

Current Situation: The Hope Group was formed by entrepreneurs among the Msasani women, located in the Babati District in Manyara of Tanzania, with the aim of helping each other economically through the VICOBA system.

VICOBA (Village Community Bank) is a tailored micro-finance program offered through local banks. It is designed to provide credit to low-income people who need capital to start their own businesses. Groups of 25 to 50 people, mostly women, get together and pool their savings and then open a VICOBA account. They are then able to give micro-loans to members who use the money to start a business and repay the loan over relatively short periods.

The Hope group currently has 20 members, running 12 projects. The WELP project, one of those projects, has pooled their resources and opened a VICOBA account so that members, mostly women, can establish and run small businesses/projects such as dairy farming, pig farming and poultry. The income generated from these projects helps support their families. Any profit can then be re-invested in their VICOBA account to be lent out again.

The short-term goal is to expand these projects to give ample opportunities for all members to participate. The long-term goal is to become a role-model to other women around Babati district, as well as Tanzania, to motivate them to engage in projects where they can generate income to support their families.

Some members have a cow or two but don’t have an adequate shelter or barn. Other members have a barn structure but need money to buy cows or feed. They hope that with a cash injection they can expand their dairy operations enough to then begin businesses with pigs and chickens in the future. Frequent feedback from the group will happen to gage the successes in the community.

Description of Proposed Project:

The funds being requested will be used in the following ways:

  • Construct modern buildings for raising cattle, as well as equipment needed to support these animals, thus improving safety and health of the animals, as well as the people supporting them.
  • Purchasing supplementary feed when needed, veterinary medicines, which are added to the livestock feed when needed to treat disease, etc.
  • Buying new breeds of cows, to raise the quantity and improve quality of the livestock.

Anticipated Itemized Budget:

Category                                                                                                                                              Amount (USD)

Cattle: Includes all construction labor and material, 4 cows, feed for 6 months, etc.               5,000.00         

Local NGO Expenses                                                                                                                                800.00

Subtotal                                                                                                                                                   5,800.00

20% Reserve                                                                                                                                           1,160.00

Total                                                                                                                                                         6,960.00

Training begins for those who will eventually become the trainers of the “trainers”, and so on.

Excavation for the new and improved cattle shed starts!

Bricks and other materials are delivered.





Material for the roof

Finishing the roof



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