Tanzania: Dar Es Salaam
Volunteer abroad in Tanzania with a women's empowerment group. The Chiseco Widow Cooperative Savings and Credit Society, a group founded in 2001 to provide economic opportunities to widows in Dar es Salaam, pursues income generation activities through sales of products such as honey, chili sauce, peanut butter, eggs, chickens and vegetables. The largest challenge the group faces is finding a market for their products and creating consistent income flows for the members of the group. Volunteers with this project will assist with training the women in keeping accounts, basic marketing, project appraisal and assisting with grant writing.
Dar es Salaam is the bustling economic and political center of Tanzania. The mix of African, Arab and Indian cultures typifies the distinctive Swahili culture found along the coast of Tanzania. Dar es Salaam began as a small fishing village until Sultan Seyyid Majid of Zanzibar started developing the harbor to attract more trade. German colonists later found the harbor perfect for their large steam ships. Through the centuries, the white Giraffe, Serengeti National Parkbeaches of the Swahili coast have seen countless merchants, conquerors, slaves, explorers and refugees pass by. Each group leaving its mark on life in the colorful city.