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Maximizing social value of single mother refugees by equipping them with independent ability to sustain their needs at the camps.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Separation of families impacts majority of refugees in Western Tanzania, during movement and after the arrival at camps. In most cases women are found with children while their husbands are nowhere to be found. Men run away from their families leaving the burden of duties and responsibilities to their wives .i.e. children caring, domestic cores and economic activities for family survival. The root causes being; Beliefs and traditional roles from their home countries i.e. in DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, women struggle for family livelihood and survival i.e. gathering firewood,trading, nursing babies etc., while men are nowhere to be found. The case is more worse for these women at camps, since they are now required to perform all these duties at new limited environment and in the absence of their partners. Also,death of their partners and unawareness on benefits of both partners dwelling together especially during maternal days ,as most women are seen at farms and in trading areas with 8-9 months pregnancy or 1-2 months babies on their backs. Limited economic freedom to sustain family requirements with pressure from their fellow relatives who legally resides in Tanzania as they meet in their common markets at Makere,Kasanda,Kibondo,Mtendeli, etc. Responding to the challenge ;Psycho social support is needed to these women i.e. providing them special livelihood cash grants(no husband grants) to boost their income and compensating their partners labor force, guiding and counseling them to accept and cope with the situation of living with no partner. Also, education provision through seminars and broadcasting radio programs to refugees on risks women encounters for performing over duties, in absence of their partner especially during maternal days,by referring successfully partners stories who does their duties together with policies that favors these women i.e. "LET EVERY WOMAN SHINE AT HOME & TO THE HOST COUNTRY, will prosper their ability to excel.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

Over years, Tanzania has hosted refugees from Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo. in western regions (kigoma,Kagera,Tabora,Katavi), and Kigoma region having a long history of hosting refugees at Nyarugusu,Nduta and Mtendeli camps. Despite lack of new arrivals from Burundi,population grows with up to 1000 babies born each month across camps, and possibly new influx could spill at Kigoma camps before the election in Democratic of Congo. Majority being independent women and their children.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

The idea increases social value to impacted women with separations of families to those with stable families.Provided with livelihood cash grants and counselling to mental and psychological stress, will improve their economic and social welbeing and cut the socio -economic gap between them and other women with stable families in the camps.On contrary conflicts and income inequalities will be maintained.Hence peace,joy and hope of all community members at the camp.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

The idea cut across the needs of both men,women and children at the camp. It solves the need for peace ,joy and hope for a better living of a single mother refugee, in present and future times.By considering the need for every woman to enjoy maternal days and experience the love,courage and support from their husband in performing all family duties and responsibilities on their behalf. It also, secure peace and reduces conflicts costs among community members,through boosting the no partners women with cash livelihood grants,which will rise their family income and reduce socio-economic disparities between families. More than that,the idea meets the children needs of love and proper parental care i.e monitoring,guiding and maintaining children behavior by both parents at the camp, through motivation and education on risks and benefits of both partners not involve/ involve in growth and development of children.Before, during and after delivery.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

After implementing the idea,the single mother at the camp will be capable and proud to handle family duties and responsibilities alone without compromising their husbands decision of dumping them with the children.They will live happier life of peace at their homes without conflicting with their neighbors,since they will be capable to cover the family requirements independently and maintain the socio-economic gap between them and neighbors with stable families. Also these women will accept their situation and develop peace of mind from psychological stress they encountered after losing their husbands through guidance and counselling sessions at camps.This will foster proper growth and development of babies during pregnancy and after delivery.The results will be measured by tracking the growth of women per capital income within camps,their participation in economic activities,the decrease rate of maternal death and malnutrition to children.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

I have spirit and passion to solve the problem,since i am also a single mother,impacted by separation of family. Over years(from maternity to current) i have been dumped by my partner.Despite having freedom to aces social and economic gains,It was hard to accept the reality i.e that he has gone, my status is changed to a single mother,and i should stress my personal capabilities in meeting family requirements.I experienced lots of hardship in managing all the duties and responsibilities alone,till when i received social and economic assistance from my relatives.The experience and sufferings i had,is just half to that of a single mother refugee,since they are experiencing the same situation but with limited social and economic environment. Also the experience shared from fellow organisation member,who had work with international organisations at the camps,on the challenges these women faces and their needy for changes,inspired me to strive for changes.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

Having the long history of hosting refugees,More than 13% of kigoma population is covered with refugees from Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo. Kigoma is hosting refugees since 1990s to present.with large number of women and children from 0-17 years old,as it is described on UNHCR report of 31st/may/2018 on estimated population needed humanitarian assistance (attached above). Also majority of household heads at the camp are women who merely strive for changes and few men who are trusted to maintain well the family duties. Despite droping of new arrivals from Burundi in January,2017, possibly new influx could also spill in Kigoma before the election of Democratic Republic of Congo,As it is described from UNHCR report of 20th.April.2018.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

Responding to the challenges there are number of non governmental organisation that serves for humanity,gender equality,violence against women and children i.e UNWOMEN(United Nations for gender equality and empowerment for women) under Kigoma Joint Program, KIWODE(Kigoma Development Group),IRC(International Rescue Commitee). Also presence of various religious institutions,local and international radio and network i.Radio kwizera FM,Radio joy FM and BBC swahili,to easily mobilize and influence both partners to cope with their family chaos and cooperate together in performing family duties and responsibilities,with direct experience sharing from fellow partners at the camps who understands and experience the social and economic gains of dwelling together from home and even at the host country.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

Currently no partners are working along side with this organisation.We work with various groups,organisations and individuals from different part of the world, with spirits of helping these women attaining their needs of joy, peace and hope as other women does.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Being on the move, crossing borders, and/or temporarily settled

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Service: A new or enhanced service that creates value for end beneficiaries

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Group or Organization Name


Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Inspirational Women Group is a non governmental community based organisation,found in Kigoma(Mwasenga),established in January.2019 ,with the aim of rising awareness on socio-economic activities and respond to diverse needs of different communities.So far the organisation has visited and provide basic needs assistance to homeless children and special aged group at Kibirizi area in Kigoma . The organisation also proceed with the on going income saving project(VICOBA) to group members,As implementation of income rising plan to the members. The idea suits for the organisation since inspiring women to excel,is part and parcel of daily organisation activities.Also large number of the organisation members originates from Kigoma with basic knowledge on life of refugees women at the camps. and others having worked for refugees through different international organisation in the camps, equip them with experience and spirit to strive for the needs of these women who merely hope for changes.

Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

Organization Headquarters: Country


Organization Headquarters: City / State

Kigoma region

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Photo of Sultan Hussein

Hi Jackline,Great idea and nice presentation hope your idea will work out in helping these single mothers who are struggling to find their families daily bread.

Photo of Jackline Ijagala

Sure dia,thank you so much Sultan

Photo of Sultan Hussein

You are welcome.

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