Anyone who follows me on Twitter may have seen the odd (!) tweet about the Team Honk relay that is currently happening across the UK. Bloggers; and their families, friends, acquaintances; are carrying a baton the length of the UK in a massive, ambitious relay effort!
Team Honk is about bloggers raising money and awareness for Comic Relief. To celebrate International Women’s Day #iwd2014, Tanya, Annie and Penny are in Tanzania finding out how donations to Sport Relief last year have created female entrepreneurs and #lastingchange for women, their families and communities and beyond – rippling out #lastingchange in Africa.
International Woman’s Day is celebrated every year on 8 March. It has been observed since the early 1900’s and you can find out more here. This years theme is Inspiring Change.
Today I received a digital postcard from Tanzania from Team Honk! My postcard introduced me to Eliafura.
“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.”
The Gatsby Trust provides training and mentoring to help women entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground, in very challenging environments and you can read more about the Trust on the Team Honk website. It helps 1000 female entrepreneurs by educating both women and their partners about women’s rights and providing support and training.
Comic Relief has awarded Tanzania Gatsby Trust a grant of £264,959 over three years so they can continue helping women in Tanzania. This support is so important; and while the number of women running businesses in Tanzania has increased hugely in the last 20 years, they still face many challenges in a culture that still sees them primarily as wives and mothers. 70% of the world’s poorest people are women and about two thirds of all illiterate people are women and this lack of financial security and education leaves women unable to access loans and support.
If you would like to help women like Eliafura then here’s how:
Please RT, share and support any updates you see with the #lastingchange hashtag.
DONATE You can help create #lastingchange by sponsoring #teamhonkrelay for Sport Relief
GET INVOLVED Join up for your local Sport Relief event here.
Thanks for helping to create #lastingchange