In 2016, HOP’s Tanzanian ambassador, Raymond Massae, told us about a group of women in the town of Mto wa Mbu who had banded together to create a woman’s empowerment group. The group, called Mama Na M’toto, had grown to run a small business selling goods at a local market. Because WWTrek passes through Mto Wa M’bu on the way to safari, the women and their mission fit perfectly into HOP’s mold, and we wanted to support them. Their greatest need, they told HOP, was an office for storage space, monthly meetings, and to give them legitimacy in the community. With a cost of only $30/month, an office space was the perfect starting point.
On HOP’s return visit in July of 2016, the women talked with excitement about the growth and improvement they had seen in their group since moving into their office, and their idea of starting a sustainable batik clothing business. HOP provided the startup cost of $1,500 for their batik business. It is HOP’s hope that these small initial investments will allow these women to become self-sufficient, support their children in school, and empower others in the community.