Innovative Practice 2021 on Inclusive Employment and ICT

Entrepreneurship training programme for women with disabilities

Furaha Ya Wanawake Wajasiriamali Kwa Viziwi Tanzania (FUWAVITA) is an NGO based in Dar es Salaam, the capital city. Running since 2011, it trains women with disabilities, predominantly women who are deaf, to produce and market handicrafts and food that they can sell to generate income. By 2020, 500 women had completed the entrepreneurship training, 327 of whom had also received a low-interest loan and are running their own small businesses.

“Push yourself forward no matter what. Disability should not hinder you to reach your mission!”

Aneth Gerana, Founder and DirectorFUWAVITA
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:FUWAVITA
Organisation:Furaha Ya Wanawake Wajasiriamali Kwa Viziwi Tanzania (FUWAVITA)
Country
of Implementation
Tanzania – Dar es Salaam
Start Year2011
Sub-CategoryA project of Civil Society

FACTS & FIGURES

  • Women who have started their own businesses through the programme are earning $US50 to US$200 a month
  • The programme started with 15 trainees, and now has about 500

PROBLEMS TARGETED

There are limited employment opportunities for women with disabilities in Tanzania and a lack of resources to start their own business.

SOLUTION, INNOVATION, AND IMPACT

FUWAVITA organizes training to teach women the skills needed to run their own business. The training is divided into three parts: (1) training on business management skills, such as maintaining a budget, business planning, marketing, etc.; (2) practical training focusing on making goods to sell, such as fruit, peanut butter, mango pickle, and soap using Tanzania’s natural resources, and thus easy for women to source the necessary materials; and (3) leadership training, designed to support women to handle their business confidently. Sign language interpreters are available at training sessions, which are held in physically accessible locations.

FUWAVITA collaborates with the Small Industries Development Organization, a Tanzanian Government agency supporting small businesses, on training content. It is also supported by the Dar es Salaam City Council, which has provided loans for 327 women to start their own businesses, now earning between US$50 and US$200 a month.

A man and a woman sit at a table at the front of a classroom, facing the classroom next to a FUWAVITA poster. Ten young people are sitting in the classroom looking towards the front.

A FUWAVITA workshop on entrepreneurship is being conducted.

FUNDING, OUTLOOK AND TRANSFERABILITY

FUWAVITA has an annual operating budget of US$50,000, mainly funded by donors and partners like Voice Global, Global Peace Foundation, Dar es Salaam City Council, and The Open Society for Eastern Africa.

With funding from the Global Peace Foundation, FUWAVITA has also delivered training in Morogoro, Tanzania, and believes the training could be further expanded. It is currently working to digitalize its training materials and use ICT to reach more women with disabilities, and has already had some success delivering training remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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