Keywords: Tanzania, self-employment, (online) training, deaf women

Fuwavita

Fuwavita builds leadership skills among young women with disabilities (especially young women with hearing impairment) across Tanzania and promotes self-reliance, gender equity and independent living. The project aims to empower women with disabilities through entrepreneurship training and self-employment support. After the training, the women with disabilities engage themselves in economic generation model by making and selling different goods like wine, peanut butter, mango pickle etc. This prevents the women with disabilities from engaging in beggar activities or depending on their relatives and friends.

About the practice at a glance
Name of OrganisationFuraha Ya Wanawake Wajasiriamali Kwa Viziwi Tanzania (FUWAVITA)
Type of organisationNGO
Country
of Implementation
Tanzania
Year started2011
Funding model$50,0000 a year – Fundraising (individual/ corporate/ foundations)

IMPACT

Impact and growth 

Empower women with disabilities through economic generation has helped them to hire themselves hence reducing their job challenge. The project also helped  women with disabilities to improve their living standard now they can afford to pay tuition fees for their children and get basic human needs like shelter and food than before. 

  • In total ,500 women with disabilities have been supported to become entrepreneurs through our empowerment program.  
  • We educate the society about Inclusive awareness through social media page.  
  • We joined our hands with the world to fight against covid -19 by designing special masks for deaf women. 
Innovation 

This project is very necessary needed because mostly of the disabled families live in a very poor condition in Tanzania. Therefore empowering women with disabilities through economic generation will enable them to earn money for a living. 

Target group 

Women with disabilities, especially those who are deaf and living in rural areas. 

Other outcomes 

The project has been influencing Tanzanian government to support PWDs under Presidential Trust Fund by giving women with disabilities soft loan to expand their small business after the economic generation training. It has also influenced a disability awareness to the society and hence respect women with disability and stop discriminate them because they are now a productive and contribute development starting at family level ,society and national level. 

THEORY OF CHANGE

We asked projects to outline their impact model (also called Theory of Change) – their main target groups, the key activities they offer these target groups, and what impact they want to achieve:

Target GroupActivityImpactIndicator
Direct beneficiaries of the project are disadvantaged young deaf women 6 to 35 that include unemployed high school graduates, current students at training colleges, and universities, and unemployed School drop-outs from the poorer urban Centres and outlying rural areas around Dar es salaam and Kilimanjaro. Over a three-year period we plan to reach approximately 900 direct beneficiaries. This would include about 300 beneficiaries during the first year of trainings and approximately 600 during the second year of trainings.1. Build and maintain web portal that allows youth to access content digitally
2. Establish and equip learning centres in Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro
3. Training sessions on employability & entrepreneurial training for Deaf women
– These projects will remove the negative attitude towards people with disabilities to give opportunity to them so that they are prove to the world that they can do it.
– To increase and to create self-employment among people with disability so that they can depend on themselves with minimal assistance.
– To improve the ICT and business management knowledge among people with disabilities.
1. Number of young deaf women that start their own business using the FUWAVITA training program
2. Number of young Deaf women linked to business and credit providers.
3. Number of young deaf women engaged involuntary/community services activities.
4. Number of programme related and participant feeling of inclusion post event
5. Impact of the trainings on knowledge of entrepreneurship & self-efficacy for Deaf women.

REPLICATION EXPERIENCE

We have already replicated our innovation 

Through FUWAVITA I worked with a good number of international donors and organizations during its 10 years  of existence and ran projects worth more than  USD 150,000.00.  

500 young women with a disability have become successful business women through entrepreneurship and life skills programmers supported by Global Peace Foundation (USA) and Abilis Foundation (FINLAND) conducted by FUWAVITA. 

The model we used in this project is easy and friendly to PWDs globally. Therefore it can be applied to train other PWDs out of Tanzania. 

Approach: 1.To identify women with disabilities 2.To register women with disabilities online through whatsapp group and social media page like facebook. 3.To build a capacity on how to empower themselves by giving them business skills. 4.Train women with disabilities by giving them entrepreneurship skills. 5.To connect women with disabilities with the potential employers, soft loan dealers like Presidential trust fund, Tanzania growth trust.

ORGANISATIONAL CAPACITY AND STRATEGY

Capacity 

We have 4 team members and 4 volunteers, and a strong on the ground network of Deaf women who are actively ready to help scale 

Aneth Gerana, Founder, will serve as project owner for this program, with the necessary skills and seniority. Aneth is the first deaf women to graduate from University in Tanzania. In 2017, She was appointed to be an Ambassador  of Peace to Global Peace Foundation. In 2018  she was appointed to be the Secretary General of Employability and Entrepreneurship to International Deaf African Forum which its Headquarter is in Guinea West Africa. In 2020, She was appointed to be The World  Literacy Foundation Ambassador.

https://inclusivenews.com.ng/2020/03/19/intl-womens-day-deaf-woman-inspires-africans-disabilities-receives-two-awards/ 

Strategy 

Our long-term strategy is to support young women who are Deaf find financial and economic freedom through entrepreneurship.  We know that by working in one space we can have a minimum impact. However, we know that by sharing our model and lessons learned, we have the potential to reach many more Deaf women.  

Our priority is now to build on our (offline) entrepreneurship support program and shift it to a digital learning format, focusing on young deaf women (through schools and existing learning centres). 

MOTIVATION

I am interested in applying to join the Zero Project Impact Tansfer program because of the following reasons: 

The program will help me to get practical training from professionals who have deep experience  in scaling innovations for people with disability, particularly on scaling employment creation opportunities using ICT technology. I will in turn apply them in my country to advocate and mobilize people with disabilities, who are regularly discriminated against during job seeking. 

The program will also increase my awareness of scalable models used to address the right of people with disabilities worldwide, to share best practices and learn from a network of colleagues.  Through learning from a network of different people from the world, I will increase my ability as an activist in advocating the rights of people with disabilities in Tanzania, Africa and the World as a whole. 

What is the organisation hoping to learn from taking part in the programme? 

FUWAVITA aims to provide support in the production of new digital learning material, through the lessons learned from our entrepreneurship program. This would include expanding an eLearning system in Schools using the FUWAVITA content.  

The main question we would focus on would be the following:  

  1. How can we take the learning curriculum in entrepreneurship and expand it digitally to reach more Deaf women who are often excluded from educational and work settings?  
  2. What is the impact that the digital training program has on Deaf women employment and participation in the formal and informal economies?  
  3. How can this training program bridge the educational gap for young Deaf women?