Tanzania—Bukoba

BUWEA Women’s Bakery & Kemondo Women's Bakery
Opened 2015  
Six Women Employed

The Women’s Bakery was invited into Tanzania in 2015. Hired by Micro-financing Partners in Africa on behalf of the Bukoba Women’s Empowerment Association (BUWEA), The Women’s Bakery moved a team to Bukoba to run a three-month training program for 20 women. Bukoba is a beautiful town of about 100,000 people, nestled in the western shores of Lake Victoria. Surrounded by hills and cliffs, Bukoba is flat and compact city with several miles of village sprawl. Lying one degree from the equator, Bukoba is a tropical wonderland canopied in banana trees.

Bukoba Women’s Empowerment Association (BUWEA) has grown from six members in 2006 to over 450 members today. The Association specializes in what they call the “revolving door loan”, or a loan that is regularly given and recycled to various members to start small businesses. BUWEA asked The Women’s Bakery to train 20 women with the vision of building one Bukoba town bakery as well as several “kiosk” bakeries in surrounding villages. The 20 trainees attended two or three 8-hour seminars a week, depending on their roles within the bakeries, and readied themselves to bake bread and manage a small, but powerful business.

As of early 2016, 75 additional women have been trained. The original 20 women have transferred the educational resources, skills, and model to their own communities. Currently, Bukoba has two bakeries in operation, in conjunction with ongoing training opportunities. One of these bakeries reports selling 125 banana-peanut muffins per day, for about $.09 each. This creates additional revenue at $137 per month - a huge boost in previous income! 

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