WEZA II

WEZA II will improve skills and quality of the women producers at group and individual level.
Overall objective: To contribute to reduce poverty and improve social justice in Zanzibar.
Specific objective: Income increase and social, cultural, and political barriers to women’s empowerment progressively overcome for 7,000 rural poor women in eight districts of Pemba and Southern and Northern Unguja Zanzibar

Main activities

• To fine-tune the selection criteria for the target groups especially the new groups with the involvement of key stakeholders of the project, including Jozani Credit and Development Organization for Unguja and (JOCDO) and Pemba Saving and Credit Association (PESACA) in Pemba. • To form new VSL groups • To identify/train new CRPs for VS&L • To purchase new start up kits for new and old VS & L groups • To assess the existing groups (from WEZA I) and incorporate them in the project. • To review the groups rules and agree on the new modality. • Train new groups on VS&L and social Insurance (six weeks) • Train groups on SPM (5 days training) • Conduct Group leadership training • To provide mentoring to income generating women on packaging, branding and value addition chain. • To conduct 4 skilled training for the identified Income Generating Activities (IGAs). • To purchase equipment’s for at least 400 women in producer groups for the 4 identified products. • To Facilitate development of sustainable marketing mechanisms and linkages with private sector/buyers & service providers. • To conduct meetings for the IGAs beneficiaries on leadership skills and management. • To train IGAs groups on gender, human rights and land right. • Create advocacy strategy for the identified issues from the social analysis. • To support women networks on addressing their rights through networks and Gender Development Supportive System (GDSS). • To produce IEC materials on women social, political and economic needs such as brochures and booklets. • Conduct governance, gender responsiveness capacity assessments for 40 local institutions identified by women's groups as needing support, and jointly develop capacity strengthening plan • Conduct trainings for institutions on capacity areas identified such as advocacy, gender and empowerment, governance, and national and international policies • Conduct follow-up visits to institutions • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Dissemination

Expected outcomes

• At least 350 women’s groups mobilized and successfully implementing village savings and loan scheme • 7,000 Women and girls in Unguja and Pemba are achieving increased income and equitable access to ownership and control of productive assets • Women groups including girls are collectively engaged with men, media, networks and coalitions to challenge barriers and practices that are detrimental to women’s economic rights. • Grassroots women’s empowerment efforts effectively supported by 40 local and national institutions

Progress to date
  • A total saving of Tsh 605,254,271 has been met by VSL groups since the establishment of the project for Unguja and Pemba.
  • Currently, there are 152 new groups (75 from Unguja and 77 from Pemba) comprised of approximately 2,280 members and 125 existing groups (75 from Unguja and 50 from Pemba) with approximately 3,700 members and they are all involved in saving and loaning.
  • About 3,330 producers in eight districts are engaged in market driven products such as soap making, handcraft, poultry and vegetables and they have been able to reach 11 new markets.
  • 19 women groups have been able to access loans worth 13,600,000 from MFIs of which according to WEZA II baseline data, there were no such a move before due to high interest, lack of exposure, collateral and business insecurity.
  • Awareness on land has been created and around 64 women were able to demand their rights.
  • Mainstream media have covered project issues on economic and gender inequalities making a total of 119 (80 stories and 39 articles) which were published by the print media. In addition some five radio programs and TV documentary were aired. YouTube, TAMWA website and Facebook were also used to publicize the project information.

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