Wanawake Tunaweza* - Empowering Maasai women (Longido District, Tanzania)
* Maasai for "women together"
Location of the project: Longido District (Arusha region, Tanzania)
Direct beneficiaries: 209 women and 1,214 girls. Through the awareness-raising activities, this project also reaches an estimated population of 2,500 inhabitants.
Duration of the project: two years (2023-2024)
Local partner: Legal Services Facility http://www.lsftz.org
The Maasai is a unique tribe due to their long-preserved culture clung to a traditional way of life. The economic landscape is overwhelmingly defined by livestock rearing which accounts for 85% of all economic activities. The economy and major means of production are owned and controlled by men. Women have a subordinate status in decision-making processes, resource control (land and livestock), livelihood opportunities and education. Therefore, basic social and economic rights of Maasai girls and women are violated.
Based upon various consultations held with the beneficiaries, local authorities (at the District
and Ward levels) and the local branch of paralegals, we have decided to empower Maasai women in Longido District through the following strategy :
1) Economic empowerment of Maasai women:
a) set-up of women’s cooperatives;
b) provision of business training;
c) facilitation of an access to the market
2) Social empowerment of Maasai women through awareness-raising activities
3) Quality secondary school and empowerment of girls:
a) Construction of dormitories
b) Set-up of girls’ clubs for their empowerment
c) Provision of sustainable sanitary pads (supplied by women groups specifically trained by Matany Hospital’s Tailoring Department, NSC’s partner in Uganda)
This project contributes to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):
SDG 1 (No poverty)
SDG 4 (Quality education)
SDG 5 (Gender equality)
SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth)
SDG 10 (Reduced inequalities)
SDG 16 (Peace, justice and strong institutions)
This project is co-financed by the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs / Directorate of development cooperation. Our project is in line with Luxembourg’s general development cooperation strategy "The road to 2030", in particular with regard to the priority given to gender equality and women's empowerment as the main precondition for poverty eradication and sustainable development.
Appeal to donors
Dear friends, we need your help to finance this project.
Please make a donation to our bank account mentioning “Help for Maasai women”:
A/C Name North-South Cooperation
A/C Number LU98 0019 3555 9664 7000
On behalf of Maasai women,