Our Project in Kwakilosa, Tanzania
Ida is a beneficiary of our Big Lottery funded project in Tanzania. From Iringa, she has been divorced for nine years whilst also raising 3 children. She is now a member of a STAR (Strategies to Tackle Aids through Rights) Circle. Here, she speaks about the difference that this support has made to her and her family's lives:
"We were very poor and had little to live on. My husband moved to Dares Salaam for better opportunities where he got married to another woman. As a woman at that time, I could not challenge this as it is against the traditional norms in our society. Life became very hard for me and my children who were his dependants as I could not meet the basic needs of the family including school requirements. Without security, I could not get access to a loan from the bank. It was also unbecoming for women to get involved in businesses as it conflicted with our traditional roles for women.
Following advice from a friend, I joined the STAR circle where we shared our issues openly for advice and support. I attended various training sessions and discovered my worth as a woman; how 'gatekeepers of society' influence the poor lifestyles of women like the one I was leading that time. I was motivated to go for HIV testing and counselling and joined a solidarity group along with 4 other circle members and started a goat project from the funds we received from MUET after training in record keeping, and wealth creation. Two years on, we have a total of six cross bred goats, and a chicken project. I have been supported by fellow circle members to buy back our family home."