The Tabora Project
The Tabora Project, started 2011.
Tabora is an old sisal village in the burning plains of Korogwe, surrounded by sparse grasslands and winding dirt paths. After independence in 1961 and with the introduction of synthetic fibers, the sisal industry collapsed. The village's source of income evaporated and farmers were left in an unforgiving environment, struggling to adequately feed their families. Much has changed since then, but farmers in Tabora today still struggle to make ends meet, planting staple crops that wither in the heat. Too often, with extremely limited incomes, they must make a choice between having enough food to eat and having nutritious food.
The purpose of the Tabora Project is to increase the amount and diversity of foods available to children in the community of Tabora and to increase the awareness and education of community members to use food as a means for health. To achieve this, the project focuses on a group of mothers and businesswomen running a collective food processing business in order to generate the income necessary to work towards food stability and more nutritious diets for their families.
This group of eight women makes various products, such as potato chips and candied peanuts, to sell in Tabora, Korogwe and Dar es Salaam, accessing premium prices with the help of connections across the 2Seeds Network. As the business grows, they are expanding production to include more innovate and nutritious products, such as nutritious flour and dried local fruits and vegetables. The group also stores these dried fruits and vegetables at home to consume during times of scarcity, to ensure that they have a source of healthy food year-round.
Through the business, the women earn a steady income, learn business and management skills, and build their confidence, competence and leadership capacity, as they strive to achieve their goals and better their futures.
The purpose of the Tabora Project is to increase the amount and diversity of foods available to children in the community of Tabora and to increase the awareness and education of community members to use food as means for health.
The mission of the Tabora Project connects a group of caretakers, those primarily in charge of cooking and feeding children, with local experts and facilitates trainings related to food security and nutrition.
The project's vision is a Tabora of family providers that use critical thinking and management skills to ensure proper nutrition for their children. The project also envisions a strong group of female entrepreneurs running a successful business and extending the impact of wise decision making to all aspects of their lives.