Looking back and planning ahead

As we celebrate the new year, I am pleased to thank you all for your support of Mboni ya Vijana in 2019. Your voluntary works and donations have much value to Mboni ya Vijana and the societies we serve, and to moving us far in transforming our poor communities.

In the next year, we are going to nationalize Mboni ya Vijana, as a graduation from a local to a national level. However, we will keep focusing on improving lives of the rural poor.

I would kindly like to thank the Big Give Campaign organized by Tanzania Development Trust for making us able to bring water to four villages in rural Kasulu. We have started on this work, and one borehole is already dug at Kacheli and three more are going in in January. We have bought the equipment to finish those four boreholes and we have made three water rope hand pumps, and the work is going on to finish the fourth pump early this month.

We supported 237 small farmers to improve food production and are finishing construction of a food factory to help famers from food loss after harvest which will start operating formally in March 2020.

The microfinance project continued to benefit women and youth, reaching 738 beneficiaries by 15thDecember 2019. We held an educational youth camp in 2019 which brilliantly produced new young entrepreneurs in Tanzania.

We have managed to bring in clean and safe water in Zeze village, implemented by Water Mission Tanzania with funds from the USA and Grundfos Denmark. We improved Zeze Secondary School with funding from Tanzania Development Trust and Raincatcher Imperial, both of the UK. The projects are improving the lives of youth and the community at large.

We are having a celebration of the new year 2020 with the villagers to share and enjoy the successes we have registered through our five years of working in Kigoma.

All these achievements we are getting with your help. We are looking forward to working with you more in 2020.

Congratulations for 2019 and Happy New Year 2020!

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Construction of new classroom after 55 pupils miss room to study in for form one examination

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Beans at young age with improved farming methods

 

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Happy Finishing the Year 2019

MBONI YA VIJANA GROUP sympathetically acknowledges those who walked together in promoting development of the poor. Since 2014, we have been implementing small projects to sustain the demands of the youth and poor communities at Zeze village and Kasulu in Tanzania. The major issues we have been addressing are food and nutrition security, income security, water and environments. We have been doing well in those areas and we are keeping on with such liberal initiatives to make everyone feel the earth the better place to live. 

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Since effective works started in 2015 to present, we have enabled 692 women to start small businesses by training and giving them starting capital as loan, We have trained 877 and subsidised 285 small farmers to run sustainable farming which has improved yields from 3 sacks to 24 sacks per acre, We have done 27 boreholes providing clean water and facilitated the big Zeze Community Safe Water Project serving above 9000 people, we pursue the community to trees planting and protect the available natural vegetation, we trained and educated youth in welding, carpentry, entrepreneurship and wind turbine and we harvest fishes from three fish ponds and honey from 67 hives which made us harvest 41 buckets of honey in 2019 only. 

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 We need to move beyond the present and that can be as of fast from the cooperation and supports we get from our friends, partners and donors. We all deserve better lives and we are working to improve and make it real life. 

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Solutions Drive Youth Camp 2019 Unified Societies

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The improvements in agricultural production at Zeze in Kasulu Tanzania, is making the strength and effectiveness of the supporting food production in rural societies. From 29th July to 17th August 2019, Mboni ya Vijana Group held a youth camp that brought youth from different regions of Tanzania and Britain. The camp delivered technical and entrepreneurial skill to youth so the diversifications of strategies and ideas used by Mboni ya Vijana to ensure income and food security are spreading quickly and successfully.

Matheo is the chairman of Zeze village and he has been so cooperative through the camp processes. During the inauguration of the camp which was honoured by the Regional Administrative Secretary representative for Kigoma region, the village chairman says “we value the initiatives launched by Mboni ya Vijana because have made exceptional impacts to the society. The foods for this camp are provided by the community as an acknowledgement and reward to Mboni ya Vijana for improving agriculture which lead the community to increase yields per area. If you all (participants) learn carefully and adapt the strategies used by Mboni ya Vijana and replicate it to your societies, for sure Tanzania will benefit from you.”

George is one of the youth Camp Participants from Kagera region. He learned borehole drilling, rocks and ground water behaviour during the camp and he says; “My society lack water and there have not been this kind of water skills which we learned through this camp. I will adapt it and make it the community water solution at Kanyigo ward in Kagera. I am happ that my community will as well improve food and nutrition security further to improve in income and working efficiency to the households.”

Radhia is a lady from Dar Es Salaam who participated youth camp at Zeze for all 21 days learning skills and observing resources. She trained in resources, finance and soap making during the camp. During the camp end she said, “It has been worth attending this camp, I know the potentials at Zeze and I am connected with these people (MVG members). I am going back to Dar Es Salaam but I will open the shop in which I will sell the products from Kigoma especially Zeze. I didn’t know soap making, finance and resources recognition and use skills but this camp has unlocked me from the dark. I appreciate all the effort accomplished and will replicate it to my best level.” Radhia has already started selling soaps, beans and palm oil from Kigoma following her participation to Solution Drive Youth Camp 2019 at Zeze village.

The camp involved making bricks to help Zeze Secondary School build girls hostel as the remarkable symbol of holding this camp at Zeze in 2019. For those 21 days, the youth camp managed to make 10200 bricks which burned to strengthening them. Marry is the Kitibitibi primary school teacher at Zeze village. She said, “Making bricks for girls hostel construction is the most impressive idea which gives me much passion in the future of our community. Girls are the group in the society that is at high temptation after school time. Having hostel at Zeze Secondary School will improve their performance and make girls the future national leaders. This should not be stopped and we are learning having big hearts in building our nation.” Marry said.

Apart from such stories during the camp, youth who participated learned, shared and enjoyed different skills including beekeeping and honey processing, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), laws and environmental issues including adaptation to climate change. At finally, youth were handed with certificates of appreciation as the awards.

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This is our success testimony we are pleased of

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Transportation of maize yields at Zeze by a farmer

Zeze village current with the population approximately to be 10,000+ people, heavily depend on peasantry farming on an area of 2,874.5 Hectares on which as well settles are and with more than 10,600 animals.  Since the establishment of the village, there have been traditionally farming operated which have been making many families face food scarcity.  Unexpectedly, Mboni ya Vijana Group is distinguishing the values between improved and traditional farming methods in sustaining food and economical demands to Zeze community. The changes which are actively happening are unlikely to happen without the role played by donations through GlobalGiving regardless how smaller they have been. It is likely to the unseen power which shakes the earth and people witness. This statement is justified by the clients who are fed by improved farming scheme at Zeze village.

“I use only two acres of land to feed my wife, three children and two old parents. I had very poor yields before adapting Mboni ya Vijana training and support. From insufficient food through the year to surplus, from buying palm oil for cooking to the use and sell sunflower cooking oil, are the achievements which I did not expect in my life” – Jafari’s testimony during the visit 21st May 2019. Jafari is a peasant at Zeze who benefits with improved farming under the project Feed 500 youth families at Zeze and he is maintaining sunflower and maize farms. He grows as well cassava and beans at a very small scale but improved.

Batho’s story is terrifying however it is impressive as he is managing the family that he wanted to run away from. Her wife Odilia got sick since July 2018 making Batho take care of their four kids two going to school while two staying at home. Batho says, “When I got family troubles I felt my life is devastated and will not improve anything. I spent small balance of money I had and did not know what to improve the future. Children cried for food, their mother need medicines and treatments and I wanted to work. I didn’t know what to do and was thinking of running away. I am happy now I am getting enough food to use for food and sell for some money. My wife is better now I can afford everything from the harvests”. This is a sad story that has the power of success in it.

“I cannot wait to become improved production adaptation ambassador in my community. Improved farming method is what is changing my life. People can’t understand how but the training and farming incentives have made my life better. I have now better house, Children in schools have no problems, family food is better than before and we have happy family with good clothes.”  Anneth the 32 years old single mother narrates. Farming is improving lives however land used are small in sizes as Anneth says. “I used to harvest small amount of crop on a small land (3.5 acres) because I used poor farming methods. Since I adapted improved methods in 2016/17 to 2018/19, I have skilled enough to be a symbol of change.”

Improvement in farming and crop production is leading historic improvement in industries and services at Zeze. Mboni ya Vijana is Building crops processing plant that will reduce the loss of crops after harvesting which will serve the interests of small farmers and food demands in the society. There will be the growth of markets and employments to youth and women at Zeze and other villages. Also transportation was very poor before the progress reached because there were very scarce goods to transport but now transportation is improving and likely to have electricity to support processing and services at Zeze.

The progress at Zeze that Mboni ya Vijana has caused, has recognized by Her Majesty The Queen of England who awarded the project leader with the Commonwealth Points of Light Award in early May 2019. The recognition of the job done at Zeze Village is not by grace but from the hard work done. The effects are now making Zeze the case study for sustainable development in Kasulu district and countrywide as a whole.

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We are happy because they are happily fed

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Fransisko Family

High birth rate and climate change in  rural Tanzania, press families to food insufficient and build sadness and stunted children. However it is the small scheme, we are feeding youth’s families making them happy.

Vestina is a single mother of two little girls. She didn’t know what to do with her children at the age they supposed to go to school. She had problems with feeding them then she is required to take them to school for education. She started chicken project at a small scale and developed slowly to middle scale. She developed it from 60 to 820 chickens and she can feed her children and buy school needs for them from the products of the chickens. Lilian is a standard four one of the two little girls who I talked to during the visit to her mother’s project we supported and she says; “My mom is great and strong. She care us very well. I go to school and I get some money to buy cake and juice during school time from the money she earns from eggs. I respect chicken project because it gives us all things we want”.

Seasonal farming has been the obstacle to overcome families food challenge. Boehole drilling and installation of rope hand pump to it, is the success that we are moving ahead to lead throughout the year food growing. “Water is the driver of food production and development as a whole, havind water access from the borehole at my farm will provide abudant food yields and income generation for my family.” Biyuya said. We have drilled the borehole in March 2019 to provide water for irrigation at Biyuya’s land and will provide room for enough food and income to his family and the others.

“I am happy because my family is happy because the children eat everyday with three meals, I would not be happy if my familly is not happy.” Fransisko stated as was consulted. She adopted improved farming using better farming methods and is making huge harvests to feed her family. She feeds 9 children and supports two with education requirements.

“I am not on formal employment however this is the way I am getting self employed. The funds I recieved in February, i have injected it in pig farming. After 8 months I will earn 200,000 Tshs per each piglets exclussive.” January said. He is a young person raising pigs at Zeze village. He started it with 4 pigs with the capital of 420,000 Tshs. He is keen to develop it for earning money and food from it after the period of 8 months from February 2019.

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Founder Benedicto Hosea speaks at the UK Parliament

With Mboni Ya Vijana, Benedicto Hosea has set a standard of community-level developmental projects that are hard to follow. In his journey, Tanzania Development Trust has played a pivotal role, providing finance for many projects. For instance, in 2015, TDT gave funds for the construction of a village agricultural storage facility. Tanzania Development Trust has felt so passionately about Benedicto’s work and the positive impact he is having in the Kigoma region that they felt it was time for Benedicto to come to London and spread the word on his organisations success himself.

Benedicto’s trip to London has been one filled with plenty of highlights; he has had the opportunity to present his mission to British Tanzania Society, Geological Society of London and perhaps most notably, the UK Houses of Parliament.

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Benedicto Hosea with UK Trade Envoy to Ethiopia, Mr Jeremy Lefroy MP

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At the Houses of Parliament, Benedicto spoke candidly about his active fight against high rates of poverty and unemployment in the Kigoma region. He started his presentation retailing how upon graduating university, his love for the village he grew up in drove him to return and dedicate his time to fighting poverty in the region. He continued by detailing the success his microfinance scheme, created especially for training women and young people about businesses, has had. To date, they have trained more than 347 people in the community and given starting loans to impact their lives.

Anjera, a local woman living in Zeze previously had nothing to do, but with the help of Mboni Ya Vijana and their 68 pound loan she started to sell industrial goods and then shifted the business to the larger village of Morogomo where she made a larger profit. Benedicto highlighted how people have managed to completely transform their lives with a small injection of funds. His agricultural loan and training scheme has seen farmers increase yields from 3 sacks of maize to 24.

Benedicto described how his scheme not only tackles income generation but also problems of health and educational attainments. In Kigoma, access to clean water is poor and most people rely on contaminated water from ponds. Benedicto, seeing the detrimental effects this was having on the community developed manual drilling technology to drill boreholes up to 30 metres deep. This water is accessed with rope pumps that can be easily repaired by the local villagers.

To round off his presentation, Benedicto engaged with issues increasingly presenting hardships in Tanzania. Climate change was top of the list as it gradually lowers the water table in the ground and makes it harder to reach. While Benedicto has started to train communities in issues of environmental degradation, the talk shone a light on the pressing need for international governments to tackle climate change head-on. Nonetheless, Benedicto’s visit to London was inspiring and signalled the real potential community-level developmental efforts have.

Link to his presentation is here.

 

Making progress to leaving no-one behind

By Benedicto Hosea – Project Leader

“I did not know how to adopt the best farming methods until I found other farmers benefiting from improved and sustainable farming run by Mboni ya Vijana (MVG) at Zeze. The farming results registered by MVG’s beneficiaries in 2016/2017 farming season, encouraged me to adapt modern and best farming practice to increase agricultural yields for my family’s food and income and I have now changed my attitude to farming. My maize farm gives me happiness and health and my family is getting enough food and income this year from my farm crops. I have never been able to have good maize farm like this I have this year.” This is the narrative by Steven when I visited his maize farm in February 2018. Steven is a 27 year old married with 2 children. He is a peasant who has used traditional farming methods since he started farming at the age of 16. He has never harvested more than 2 maize sacks per acre but this year he is going to harvest more than 16 after his sustainable farming training and isupport from MVG.

Yudesia is an old female aged 60 living with 2 grandchildren and her husband. Before MVG started supporting her she was unable to feed them or send them to school due to poor agricultural production. She now says; “I have never seen good maize like these of this year. The training I got on sustainable farming and farming implements such as improved seeds and fertilizer are making a huge difference to all our lives. I am going to harvest huge maize that will help me and my family for all the next year.” As the farm looks, Yudesia is likely going to harvest between 15 and 24 sacks of maize in April 2018 from the acre on which she has previously been harvesting less than a sack of maize in a year.

Hwago is a married man with the family size of 9 persons. He is managing 1 acre with better farming methods as directed to by MGV. Hwago is pleased to have that opportunity which he has never got for 42 years of his working on farming sector. Field visit made by Mboni ya Vijana Group to monitor clients progresses, reached Hwago and his feelings toward the scheme and his farm been these; “I am older enough I have many experiences in farming at Zeze. I have never had good farm like this despite that it is attacked by armyworms. I have no one children went to Secondary School because I have not financial ability to do that. To get food only for my family, needed me to work to someone’s’ farm and get paid for food. I hadn’t enough time to work on my farm than paying labour to other small farmers. Even the small scale I managed, I harvested very little to support my family. Good luck, this year I am proud of this scheme. I have not yet harvested but I have much courage to succeed like other who have succeeded in the last spell. The reality is that, we are not the past but we are the new generation.” Hwago said.

Ibrahim Ashery is a single young man aged 22 years old benefiting with sustainable farming managing one acre under the scheme. He is very well focussed to change his life before having a marriage through agriculture. Here is his story; “I am still a young man and I have not went even to school for secondary education because of my parent’s income poverty. I cannot compete for formal employment than competing in agricultural production and business. I am very luck that we have this sustainable farming scheme at Zeze and I am the one among other beneficiaries. I am changing my life and my future family. The training and farming implement support I get from Mboni ya Vijana, is the complete liberation. I am sure, I am no longer absolute poor but I am the next farmer’s leader.” Ibrahim stated. His farm is very good with maize and he expects to expand it in the next farm season if he is blessed to best health.

It was difficult matter to understand the opportunities in Agriculture before the interventions made by MVG to impact farmers” was the statement Felis made when visited at his farm and asked how he considers the scheme. “Last year I was supported in improved farming methods education and implements to maintain one acre. I harvested 18 sacks of maize from which I sold 10 sacks with the price of 78,000 TZS per sack. I made money worth 780,000 TZS while remaining with 8 sacks for food. Before the scheme, I had the ability to make 230,000 TZS only from agriculture. From there, I recognized that agriculture is the only employment that can give me better life. I have expanded my farm from 1 acre to 4 acres this year which I am with improved farming techniques. I am sure I am going to build my house and start new business from the yields of this year. Felis is just a 22 years old man born and living at Zeze village who got married after the first harvest in the last year.

Improved Small Scale Farming (ISSF) scheme is becoming popular at Zeze village and Kasulu district as well following its impacts to the community. Many people are adapting to its strategy to make difference in their lives from the lessons learned from the scheme. Instead of being supporting maize farming only, the scheme is embarking as well on beans and sunflowers production so as to expand the rooms for clients to run business farming and improve their families’ ability to meeting both food and income demands.

Enable 500 Tanzanian youth to feed their families

Summary

We believe everyone has the right to life’s basics. A roof, enough food to eat, clean water to drink and the education needed to build a brighter future. What we take for granted can only be dreamed of by communities in extreme poverty such as Zeze. But his dream isn’t impossible. It doesn’t take years of research or huge multinational organisations. It only takes the hard work of MVG, the villagers of Zeze and your donation. Will you help us to bring life’s basic needs to the people of Zeze?

Challenge

Global warming has led to a reduction in rainfall in Zeze village. The subsistence farmers find it increasingly difficult to grow enough food to feed their families, let alone have a surplus to pay for medicine or school uniforms. 40% of children in Tanzania are stunted due to malnutrition. Working with the schools, we will select families in extreme need from this income generation project and enable them to grow cash crops such as tomatoes and watermelons.

Solution

We will provide access to a water source, irrigation materials and a seedling starter kit containing sunflowers, tomatoes, water melons and local nutritional crops to all families. We will provide initial horticultural and dietary training, together with weekly monitoring visits and a support group to ensure their crops grow well. We will also provide a guaranteed market for their crops, and entrepreneurship training on maximizing their income and expanding their business.

Long-Term Impact

We will enable 500 vulnerable families to generate an income, allowing them to ensure their children have sufficient nutritious food and uniforms to attend school. They will also be able to pay for health care when they need it, and to start rising out of the extreme poverty they are currently in.

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Water is the key to life!

WATER IS THE KEY TO LIFE!

Water is the key to life, particularly in a village like Zeze, Kasulu, in western Tanzania. Many people were forced to get their water from this dirty pond shared with animals. So using donated money we drilled a new bore hole by hand and constructed this new rope pump. This was a huge undertaking for the village. Many people thought we could not succeed. We drilled by hand for 6 long days through solid rock, but eventually reached water 13m down. We learnt how to weld metal and created this pump – everyone is very happy! Grace says “My family got water from the dirty pond and my children were often sick. I thank God that we can now use this new pump and it is so easy to use.” The village chairman says “I am so proud of what these youth have achieved! When I saw how slowly they were cutting through rock I thought they would never succeed to reach water, but I was wrong and the whole village congratulates them.

Now we have a reliable water source we can more easily water the seedlings we’re growing. We have already distributed the first batch of water melon and tomato seedlings and the sunflower seedlings distributed are almost ready for harvesting, leading to valuable income in each family. Petronella says “with the money I will get from my sunflower seeds next month I will be able to buy school uniforms for my children, so I am very happy!”

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Streams and ponds at Zeze and neighbouring places in Kigoma region are drying as the result of climate change leading to greater challenges getting water. MVG have drilled more than 9 water wells from which the communities are using the water for development.

Almachius is the Kasulu District Development Community Officer. He knows well how much of a challenge water is for the development of Kasulu community. He visited a number of water projects where MVG has drilled and installed pumps for community use, and told the community “We have a big problem with water and deforestation but today I say we are lucky that we have youth who have made an important revolution in the water sector with their hand drilled bore holes – as no doubt all of you can see! I am very impressed they have now set up a tree nursery and are supporting their community to protect the environment. I appreciate, the work they have done. We should all participate to protect and develop the scheme which they have established, for ourselves and our children”.

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New hand drilled community water pump.