The women of Kwikuba were fed up of leaving everything to the men to change their village. So they got started themselves.
Here’s a good news story to mark International Women’s Day: Calum Steer is currently on a short volunteer placement in rural Tanzania, with Tearfund Go. While he’s there he has seen first hand how women in the village are transforming their lives and stepping out of the shadows.
‘Walking through the rural village of Kwikuba, I realise how accustomed I have become to the hot sun and the red dust swirling under my feet. I’ve been in Tanzania now for almost two months and I am conversing more readily in my broken Swahili.
‘As we walk, members of the women’s self-help group talk passionately, sometimes over one another. They’re telling us about their newly found sense of identity and power in the village. We listen avidly to these energetic storytellers, and I’m captured by their enthusiasm as they unpack their journeys of transformation.'
Beauty from ashes
‘Women’s voices are not always heard as readily as men’s in rural Tanzania. Tearfund’s partner, African Inland Church Tanzania (AICT), is working in Kwikuba to change this.