Grant Amount: $29,091
Grantee Website: www.nurturingmindsinafrica.org/
Areas of Impact: Economic Sustainability, Education & Literacy
Mission of Nurturing Minds
Nurturing Minds in Africa provides financial and technical support to programs improving access to quality education for girls in Tanzania, with a particular emphasis on girls who are poor, marginalized, and at-risk of becoming involved in exploitative forms of child labor.
Dining for Women's donations will enable Nurturing Minds and The Sega Girls' School to develop and manage its first school-run business--poultry farming--and develop related business and technical skills among its students.This objective is critical to achieving an important goal: Implementation of two to four school-run businesses leading toward eventual financial sustainability for the school.
Follow Up from Nurturing Minds
The Sega Girls School was able to reach its goal of fully implementing a large-scale poultry farm on campus. Two large poultry pens, including a storeroom, farm attendant’s dwelling, water supply and solar electricity (to support a vaccine fridge) were constructed. The farm manager, farm attendant, and consultant veterinarian were hired; and all equipment (feeders, drinkers, charcoal burners for warmth, etc.) purchased. The first order of 1,000 chicks arrived in April followed by another batch in several weeks later.
The Sega students Form II/9th grade focus on the poultry business (occasionally mixing with Form III’s support), as each grade has its own concentration. It was a very busy and successful year, surpassing the goals for egg productivity and sales. As the school reached the first year end of poultry farming, it has sold over 50,000 eggs (producing over 1000 eggs weekly), in addition to supplying the needs of the school community.