PEOPLE WITH ALBINISM - EARNING A LIVING
FOR MANY PEOPLE IN TANZANIA, LIFE IS HARD. FOR PEOPLE WITH ALBINISM IT IS EVEN HARDER.
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FOR MANY PEOPLE IN TANZANIA, LIFE IS HARD. FOR PEOPLE WITH ALBINISM IT IS EVEN HARDER
Two years ago, we launched in Musoma a microcredit programme with wo objectives
1) to improve the earning potential of participants
2) to build bridges between two sections of the community – those with Albinism and those without Albinism.
The project was managed by the Rotary Club of Musoma, who lent small amount of capital to 5 newly formed ‘groups’.
As this was part of our effort to build bridges between the Albino and non-Albino community, there was one condition attached to the loan – that in each group there must be at least one person with Albinism.
Five groups were judged to be eligible for loan – with a total membership of 18. They wanted to start a variety of businesses – tailoring, retailing, hairdressing etc.
The groups received at the start of the programme two days of training on a variety of subjects: book-keeping, group dynamics and governance, entrepreneurship skills, markets and marketing information and conflict resolution.
They got off to a good start but some have struggled to keep up with the repayment plan. Musoma Rotarians are getting alongside the recipients and encouraging them to nurture their small businesses.
This project has the potential of giving People with Albinism and those without, the chance to earn a living by their own efforts and do it in a spirit of collaboration. This is a good example of peace- building through enterprise.