We received a grant from the MDG committee for $4,950 for the women’s empowerment projects, specifically the Entrepreneurial Class.  There are women who live in towns rather than subsistence farming, who will be working on other  kinds of projects requiring more knowledge of book keeping, inventory, sales and marketing.  Interestingly, the first group to have gone through this class went out to visit the women of Ikowa who began the first pig project.  In the exchanging of ideas and experiences, the Ikowa women realized that the visiting women had valuable knowledge and ideas that could assist them in business matters.  They asked if the women could come back and teach them what they learned  in the entrepreneurship class.  They will do this soon. What could be better than the women teaching each other?

Since last blogging and writing our newsletter, we have more good news that four new groups, in addition to the two new groups which were starting as we left TZ, have begun pig projects – that is 180 new women, bringing the total now to 494 women.  And there are other women working on other projects (not pigs) so we are over 500 women earning money to support themselves and their families!!