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Call the Midwife is a charitable organisation that supports Maasai people in a group of rural villages in Tanzania. Our mission is to work in partnership with the villagers to enable everyone within the community to live with dignity, healthcare provision and self-sufficient, sustainable methods of income.

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Entrepreneurship enables women to live

We help women to become self-sufficient entrepreneurs who can support themselves and their children with dignity and pride

The photos show Martha in her house that has now fallen down.

Martha in the house that she has built as a result of good use of her £ 2 to £3 a month profits from the microfinance scheme

Call the Midwife Tanzania's microfinance project is helping women, particularly single parents, who are living in extreme poverty. 

In Maasai culture, women are typically dependent on men for their income. If their husband dies, a woman is left with a family to feed but with no entitlement to possessions or income.  

To give women a means of sustaining themselves, Call The Midwife Tanzania has set up a dried good store. Wholesale bags of sugar, flour, rice, soap powder, teabags and other items are bought in town and stored at a central location; the village church. The central store enables women to get goods to sell without the significant expense and effort of going into town. 

Women do not need any money to get involved in the scheme and can register for the scheme either as individuals or in groups. They take any goods they can realistically sell in one week from the store, return with the money they have made, pay the wholesale price and a small contribution towards fuel costs for fetching the goods. With the profit they have made, the women take more goods to sell so initial capital is constantly recycled at not-for profit rates.

The tiny profit of £2-3 per month made by each woman has totally transformed families' lives.

Some of the women have used their profits to buy a chicken, goat or sheep therefore diversifying the products available. They would never have been able to do this without the initial profits from the dry goods store. They can now make money from subsequent chicks, kids and lambs. This enables them to leave the dried goods store to those less physically able to look after livestock. What a difference a tiny amount of money makes!

If you'd like to support this initiative, we'd love to hear from you

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