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Girls Revolving Fund for Agricultural Income Generation

To provide agricultural fund (annual interest of 10%) for groups of unemployed and school drop-out girls in rural and urban Tanzania.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

To help the target group of girls to raise agricultural productivity and earn more income through formation of agricultural peer groups and provision of capital fund for specific projects selected by each group. This is a revolving fund, to be repaid with a 10% interest in 1 year. The fund will then be given to the next targeted groups. The funds will facilitate purchase of agricultural inputs, land renting, small-scale irrigation, animal, fish, poultry farming, produces marketing, etc. This ensures sustainability and expansion of the project. Community agricultural extension officers will train and provide continuous supportive supervision. The applying NGO (Women and Social Protection- WSP) will link the groups to markets. The idea solves the issues of unemployment and exclusion of marginalized girls, who were denied the rights to education and economic opportunities and mostly end up in poverty and undesired job as prostitution, low paying domestic and risky jobs. It will also solve the issue of girls’ rural-urban migration to seek employment and good living conditions. It will also reduce food insecurity and malnutrition. We will select two regions; a crop production, a livestock keeping and related business selected based on unemployment and girls' school drop out rates.

WHO BENEFITS?

Direct beneficiaries are multiple categories of girls (age 18-35) mostly those who completed school at various levels but are not employed, uneducated and single mothers, divorced, widows; and those who dropped out of school for various reasons including the most common in Tanzania of early pregnancies, early marriage, long-distances to school and poverty in general. It also benefits girls' children, families, and communities. This will raise skills, income, food security and life standards.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU

Women and Social Protection Tanzania is a not-for profit organization implementing research and programs on social protection of poor and vulnerable women and girls. We are based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. We collaborate with rural Civil Society Organizations and local government authorities.

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

  • Tanzania

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

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Bio and recent related studies-Dr. Flora Myamba.docx

Attached is a bio of Dr. Flora Myamba and selected recent studies she has lead that relate to the proposed idea.

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Hi Flora with your nice idea!.

Do you think that your innovation would work properly with ,Social Economical Development Through Agricultural Sustainability to extend employment to the youths in East African region?.
Check with my link.
https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/youth-empowerment-challenge/ideas/social-economical-development-throug-agriculture.

Photo of Flora Myamba
Team

Hi Rugemalira,
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my idea and comment on it.
Yes, I think this innovation can be extended thru E.Africa because most countries in the region and Sub-Sahara in general share some similar ratios of populations and gendered division of labor where more women than men   engage in agriculture; poverty levels among the majority agriculturalists, other social socioeconomic challenges including unemployment trends,school drop outs for girls/youths,  girls/women exclusion in education and development process, climatic changes and challenges which results into issues of low productivity, malnutrition and food insecurity,  cultural beliefs and practices, unimplemented policies, politics, and so forth. All these make it easier in replicating and hence extending a similar program in the region. Thank you for asking. Let's keep the discussion going! Flora.

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Team

Thanks for your comment of reply. 
Now, could you please send me your email address, 
Mine is rugemalirab@gmail.com, so that we can get connected and share more experiences. 
Welcome. 

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