By Hamad Rashid.
The Ambassador of Finland in Tanzania, Mrs Theresa Zitting has congratulated the good progress of the IKIWA Project implemented by (Sawa Wanawake Tanzania) the Non-Governmental Organization Located in the Morogoro Region, a Project funded by the Embassy of Finland Government.
Moreover, in the process of continuing to visit projects funded by the Government of Finland in Tanzania, the Embassy of Finland on the last Saturday of January 2024, led by Ambassador Theresa Zitting, visited the SAWA Organization and saw the activities of the “IKIWA” Project, which focusing on providing entrepreneurship training to young female graduates of Secondary Education who failed to continue their studies, this held at the organization’s headquarters located in Kilakala Ward, Morogoro Municipality, where the ambassador used the opportunity to congratulate the good progress of the Project, when she was being interviewed by journalists.
Theresa Zitting said “We are here at Sawa Organization to see the activities of the IKIWA Project, we decided to fund Sawa last summer it is a two-year project, today I have seen good examples of women who provide training, tailors, and computer maintenance as well as telephone technicians, it is very interesting, even the tailors I have seen exciting, and they are also continuing with fish farming activities, and these young women will continue to teach others at the end when they are trained in their areas, so we are supporting well, we still have a year and a half ahead, we hope to see everything going well and we will come back again to visit, the area is beautiful, so, you know I am happy for what I have seen”
Indeed, the name of the IKIWA Project, which means Inawezekana Kijana Wajibika translated in English as, it’s Possible Responsible Young, aims to reach 360 girls over two years, the Executive Director of the SAWA Organization, Heren Nkarang’ango identified the type of entrepreneurship training they teach these young females.
“We started with these 20 young females, and we are preparing them to be trainers of trainees, we have provided different types of training, like Saloon and beautification, sewing pillars using sewing machines, chickens and fish farming as well as the maintenance of mobile phones and computers, we feel good conduct this training and we are grateful to the Embassy of Finland for funding us in this Project,” she said Heren.
Also, Tanzania Kids Time interviewed one of the young females who benefited from the initial training through the IKIWA Project and explained the situation she had before the training and how she has started to benefit through Saloon and beautification.
“I was a motherhouse, I didn’t know anything about Hairdressing and Beauty, but after came here I started the first steps of being taught to braiding, until the second to the last I understood, now I can weave all kinds of Hair, because I have been taught to become a teacher to others,” she said, Dorcas Yamba.
On the part of the Community Development Officer from the Morogoro Regional Office, Delfina Thomas Pacho speaking to journalists during the visit of the Finland Ambassador explained that “As Government, we have great faith in the IKIWA Project in helping young females achieve their dreams”.
In addition, the IKIWA Project is implemented in two Morogoro Regional Councils, namely, Morogoro Municipality and Mvomero District.