For the last decade, Applewood Seed Co. has proudly supported Denver-based AfricAid in providing robust, locally-led mentorship initiatives that cultivate confidence, improve academic and health outcomes, and promote socially-responsible leadership skills. The programs they support are run by their Arusha-based sister organization, GLAMI (Girls Livelihood and Mentorship Initiative), an organization led by two remarkable Tanzanian women, and whose core mentoring programs are run by university-educated Tanzanian women.
In the more than 55 years that Applewood Seed Co. has been in business, there has been a lot of change in Tanzania. It is a place where life can be difficult, especially for young girls who too often grow up being told – and thus, believing – that their role is as wife and mother. Thanks to AfricAid and GLAMI, we’ve seen what life can be like for the girls who are able to participate in these proven mentorship programs that bridge the gap, teaching them their worth and their potential – and thus, giving them the skills and tools to go on to become teachers, lawyers, nurses, business entrepreneurs, and so much more.
Girls have found confidence to pursue her dreams through the Kisa Project, a two-year leadership course that prepares girls in their last two years of secondary school to attend university and create positive social change in their communities.
“I have learned that getting my voice heard is important. I have grown to be a resilient person and more solution oriented,” said Charity, a Kisa Project participant, in this AfricAid blog post. Thanks to the mentoring she received, she realized her potential as an entrepreneur, and then pursued a wide range of ventures to help pay for her school expenses. She made and sold snacks, cultural bracelets, rugs, sandals, and decorative doormats. She even forayed into poultry farming – a business she’s grown from five to 20 chickens!