Mboni ya Vijana Group (MVG) is a youth-run community organisation based in Zeze Village, near Kasulu, in western Tanzania. The name means “Eyes of the Youth” in Swahili.
We were founded by Benedicto Hosea in 2012 to support the community in Zeze Village where he has lived all his life. We were registered as a Community Based Organisation in 2014. MVG understands well rural communities’ lives and challenges. Poor knowledge of how best to manage their environment is a key factor for poverty, food insecurity and environmental degradation. Better environmental education is integral to improving lives and the environment in villages like Zeze.
We support rural communities in extreme poverty adapt to climate change with sustainable farming, access to water, entrepreneurship, environmental conservation and peer education. Our projects develop the skills and resources for people to lift themselves and their families out of extreme poverty. There is a film about us here.
MVG has been established in Zeze Village since 2014, and was given land by the village in 2015. We manage a very successful womens’ microfinance scheme serving 692 women with funding from Wabia foundation and a community honey project with 67 hives. We have trained 877 and subsidised 285 small farmers to run sustainable farming, which has greatly improved yields. We have completed 27 boreholes providing clean water, facilitated the big Zeze Community Safe Water Project serving above 9000 people. We have delivered training on growing Moringa, leading to its production on 13 farms. In 2015 we received funds for the construction of a village agricultural storage facility from Tanzania Development Trust. We have trained more than 150 people on small business and entrepreneurship skills.
In 2018 Benedicto was sponsored by Britain Tanzania Society to visit the UK where he spoke about his work to many groups, including the All Parliamentary Group for Tanzania in the House of Commons. His presentation is here. In 2019 he was awarded the Points of Light award by the Queen for his work.
Mboni ya Vijana Group (MVG)
Zeze village, PO Box 97
Kasulu, Kigoma, Tanzania
Chairman and Founder – Benedicto Hosea email@example.com
+255 757 253 632, +255 753 284 727, +255 672 128 443
Adviser of Fundraising, Policy and Strategies – Janet Chapman firstname.lastname@example.org