Friday, November 7, 2014

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

Lisa Persaud is a student in Humber's International Development postgraduate certificate program. She is also in Moshi, Tanzania, where she is completing her field placement as a C4C ACT Fellow at Anza. Anza describes itself as a "full service incubator for social enterprises" that "exists to catalyze economic empowerment and community benefit in Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro region by partnering with aspiring entrepreneurs to incubate and accelerate social enterprises."

This article originally appeared on Lisa's TravelBlog on October 16, 2014.

Our organization has officially changed over to Anza, and the new website is up and running! If you would like to learn more about this incredible NGO and read some of our individual profiles, click this link: Anza. I have been blessed with an incredible team of co-workers who also double as my Tanzanian family. I am constantly surrounded by inspirational and like-minded individuals that foster an environment for growth and positive change, both inside and outside of our office. I am so incredibly thankful that I made the decision to move out here to help Anza reach their goals, because they in turn are helping me reach mine. I still have a lot to learn, but our C4C project is underway!

Team Anza
Our proposal is nearly completed, and we had our first site visit to the dump and recycling centre yesterday. I will keep you all posted as our project progresses, but if you would like to learn more about Anza's first social enterprise, check out this link: Kauli. It is a designer hand bag business that uses locally sourced materials, and is handmade by Tanzanian women living in Moshi

Family Dinner
A few people from the Anza team celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving with a huge potluck at our house!

They make high quality (and gorgeous) products while providing a means of employment to women in the greater Kilimanjaro region. Their mantra is "The only things more beautiful than our products are the hands that make them." Although they make beautiful handbags, sustainable employment for women is at the forefront of their business model. For you handbag lovers out there (a.k.a Mom...), I recommend checking out their collections; they release new items every week. Be sure to read their section "Empowerment" as it gives a great overview of what their overall mission is. It has been so exciting to hear about how Kauli started, see first hand what it is today and to be a part of an organization that will help it become so much more. Kauli is just one of Anza's many projects, and I can only hope for the same success for C4C, I am thrilled to be a part of the development and growth of this impactful project. 

Swahili word of the day: Karibu which means "Welcome" you usually say it when you want to welcome someone or a group of people. My favourite way to hear it is when our Dada says "Karibu Chakula" which means " You're welcome to get lunch".

C4C team at the dump
Our C4C team is comprised of two Canadian Fellows from the Humber International DevelopmentProgram, a student fellow from the U.S.A who is on his gap year before University, and two national interns from Tanzania. From left to right: Me, Harry, Evance, Liz, and Joseph

Peace & Love

- Lisa

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