Encouraging Female Entrepreneurs in Africa
EMG has been donating reconditioned laptops to Give A Heart to Africa (GHTA) since 2013. This grassroots, hands-on, not-for-profit organization empowers Tanzanian women by offering free English classes and valuable business and vocational skills training.
Equipping women with skills to gain more lucrative employment in turn allows them to better support their families. The project which is entirely run by volunteers also helps women become entrepreneurs and establish businesses in a Women’s Co-operative.
Four years ago we donated three laptops to three young women about to embark on their studies at Tumaini University in Moshi. We’re pleased to report that all three passed their Diploma in Accounting with flying colours last month.
Over the summer we were able to donate four more laptops to GHTA and four amazing individuals;
|Sophia. The directors of GHTA are working on a plan for a graduate program to help support students once they have finished their year at school. Some external sponsorship has been secured to employ someone and last week the news arrived that Sophia has been appointed. Her salary at GHTA will help her to continue her education and complete a Degree in Accounting.|
|Herman is a translator at GHTA, supporting volunteer teachers in the business studies class. He is also trying to set-up a small translation business and was in need of a laptop. He had worked out that it was likely to take him about 12 months to be able to save enough cash to buy a second hand machine. His laptop was put to immediate use in preparing the translations for the forthcoming exams at GHTA.|
|Peter was one of the first students at GHTA about 9 years ago and was able to set-up a small carpentry business upon leaving. He is married with two children and regularly makes furniture for GHTA. The laptop will help support his business and will also be used to help his children learn the basics of computing.|
|Neema, the daughter of a previous GHTA student, Betilda, is extremely bright and doing very well at school. The use of a computer will be of significant help to her studies.|
We plan to continue supporting GHTA over the coming years with additional laptops and report back on how the recipients in Tanzania are getting on. If you’d like to donate equipment, supplies or volunteer with GTHA, you can find more information here.