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Last updated: November 09, 2021

November 9, 2021

Located in Kilolo, Iringa region, the Kitelewasi youth group is made up of 14 individuals. The group recently identified an opportunity to establish a maize milling enterprise, a staple food for a large population in the area. A maize milling project would not only earn the youth group income, it would be beneficial to their community and surrounding villages as well. However, the lack of startup capital made it difficult for them to implement their business idea.

November 9, 2021

Inside her home in Chake Chake Pemba Island, 26-year-old Riziki Hamadi Omar sews a pillowcase for her client. This is one of the frequent orders that she receives daily. Passionate about her trade, and with growing demand for her services, Riziki made a decision to train other youth in her community how to sew. This commitment however, required investing in extra sewing machines which she didn’t have.

August 17, 2021

25-year-old Khairat Suleiman Ame from Zanzibar is a Community Mobilizer. In a community where women struggle to overcome gender inequality, have lower earning power, and most marry early, she defies the odds. Her parents divorced when she was young, leaving her mother with few resources to raise her family. Khairat knew she wanted a better future. Today she is creating financial independence despite the odds.

July 22, 2021

Musoma, Tanzania: When Otilia Mhagama and three other nurse-midwife colleagues arrived at Nyasho Health Centre in Musoma for their first deployment, they were reflecting on the possibilities their potential tasks could hold. Little did they know their arrival would have a huge impact for Dr. Hillary Mohamed, the Medical Officer in-charge, who manages the understaffed health center. Overall, the health center has a total of 13 nurses with an average 11 deliveries per day. The team typically operates with less than four nurses on a daily roster who are in charge of caring for patients in the Labor & Delivery and Post-Natal wards.

July 9, 2021

Catherine Alfonse, a community health worker living in Same, Tanzania, knows what it is like to be shunned. Now, through USAID’s Boresha Afya (“Improve Health”) activity, she works with other mothers living with HIV to make sure they have a friend they can count on and confront stigma.

After Catherine’s husband passed away from an undiagnosed illness in the late 1990s, Catherine lived with the rumors that he had died from AIDS. She was pregnant with her son Emmanuel at the time.