JOB TRAINING AND MICRO-FINANCE PROJECTS
Through job training and small business loans, Tanzanians are rising out of poverty with new hope. We work with the jobless in rural areas teaching them how to manage their small business. Some of these projects include: poultry farming, crop creation, small business creation, and working with local street tailors.
EIT conducts several Tanzanian Bazaars each year with products made by local tailors to generate funds to use for rural development projects like the well in Makaruge.
EIT works with families to begin poultry farming. We provide training seminars and help them build chicken coops. The poultry farming provides both food and income.
Students in Tanzania do not have access to free, public education, and many Tanzanian parents cannot afford to send their children to school. EIT sponsors eleven students and through the help of visiting missions teams, we have been able to remodel, paint, and donate school supplies.
One million people die from malaria each year; 1 out of 5 are children. EIT works in villages to make sure that families have treated mosquito nets to protect them from malaria. Statistics claim that 20% of child mortality in Africa can be alleviated by the widespread use of treated mosquito nets.
Less than half of the population has access to a toilet. EIT is currently working with the Maasai, a nomadic tribe living in Kikuletwa, by providing toilets. They are being told by the police that if they do not have proper toilets built they will be fined. The people in this area do not have the funds necessary to build a toilet or pay the fine; so we have committed to build toilets for 50 homes in the area. The toilets are designed to prevent the spread of disease by flies.
Clean drinking water is limited. On average, women and children spend over two hours a day collecting water, and up to seven hours in remote areas. Approximately 20,000 children die before the age of five each year in Tanzania due to diarreal diseases. By providing clean drinking water, people are enabled to live healthier lives. EIT has facilitated the building of a well in the Makiba area. The 80 foot well was dug by hand and provided jobs to several men in the area. The well is now providing water to the school and to villages in the surrounding area.