Three of my favourite people, Annie from Mammasaurus, T from Mummy Barrow and Penny from Alexander Residence, are currently in Tanzania to see first hand how your Sport Relief donations are changing lives and creating #lastingchange for not only single women, but whole communities and villages.
Today, I want to share with you the digital postcard that the ladies behind Team Honk sent me from their trip to Tanzania and as it’s International Woman’s Day today, the postcard tells you the story of a very special lady who was not only able to turn her life around thanks to funding through the Gatsby Trust (a foundation supported by Sport Relief), but also train other women.
Eliafura makes the most beautiful batiks and tie dyed material. With the support of the Gatsby Trust Eliafura has registered her business and learned important health and safety rules around the chemicals she uses. Eliafura now also trains other women in the village who bring material to her and she shows them how to create these beautiful patterns. They sell easily to not only local schools where teachers like to buy them but also overseas. We bought her entire stock because we loved them all so much and are now working out how to sell them on so we can complete the circle of donation, funding, training, selling, donating.
But why does the Gatsby Trust focus on supporting women in starting their own businesses? Here are some interesting facts that will tell you exactly why:
70% of the world’s poorest people are women and they own only 1% of the world’s property.
Nearly 50% of all sexual assaults worldwide are against girls aged 15 years or younger
Domestic violence is the largest cause of women’s injury and death – leading to more deaths and disability among women aged 15-44 than malaria, war, traffic accidents and cancer.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that female genital mutilation (FGM) has affected as many as 138 million women and girls in Africa, and the numbers continue to rise every year.
Many women and girls have poor access to education and about two thirds of all illiterate people are women.
If you want to help these women and many more to change their lives, there are a couple of things you can do:
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If you want to see more postcards from Tanzania or read more about the big #teamhonkrelay, click the badge below, but make sure you grab a cuppa before you head off. You’ll be captivated for hours…