MikonoYetu means “joining our hands” in Kiswahili, the national language of Tanzania. MikonoYetu is a women-led-non-profit organization based in Mwanza, Tanzania. It was registered in 2011 as a non-profit organization under the Company Ordinance, and thereafter due to change in laws, MikonoYetu was registered as a non-governmental organization with Certificate No. ooNGO/R2/000359 on 10 August 2019.

The reasons for establishing MikonoYetu stems from our own working experiences while implementing a project to curb domestic violence through economic empowerment. From our own experiences and evidence based research reveals that when women are economically empowered, they have options including stepping out of violence and can improve their livelihoods and the livelihoods of their children. Livelihood is defined as using one’s personal and material assets to make a living in a manner that secures the necessities of life comfortably without undermining the natural environment’s resource base.

MikonoYetu takes a gender equality approach on ownership of productive resources such as land, livestock, technology, industries etc. MikonoYetu targets women and girls as the chief beneficiaries.

Our vision is to see gender equality in ownership of production resources.

Our mission is to find new ways of empowering women and girls economically so that they can own and control productive resources more productively and profitably while also sustaining the environment to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. 

In order to accomplish this mission, MikonoYetu strategy involves working into four intersecting thematic areas cohesive with national and international goals.

These four themes include Economic Empowerment, Girls’ Empowerment, Women and the Environment, and Gender-based Violence

Key Thematic Targets:

Our targets are tuned in-line with National Strategies, Beijing Platform of Actions and Global Goals. These include:

Economic Empowerment

  • Reduce number of women and girls living on less than $1.25 a day.
  • Increase number of women and girls who own and control productive resources.
  • Increase number of women and girls accessing vocational skills.
  • Reduce number of youth particularly girls not in employment.
  • Improving women and girls abilities to access financial services.

Girls’ Empowerment

  • Support girls to become confident to reach their potentials.
  • Support girls to participate in social, economic and political life.
  • Strengthen the role of the family in improving the status of adolescent girls.
  • Eliminate negative cultural attitudes and practices against girls.
  • Strengthen capacities of girls to access ICT.
  • Increase number of girls in decent work.

Women and the Environment

  • Strengthen the capacities of women and girls to manage natural resources.
  • Increase number of environmentally friendly projects run by women.
  • Increase number of women and girls using appropriate new technology.
  • Increase awareness among communities on climate change mitigation adaptation and impact reduction.
  • Contribute into reduction of deforestation.

Gender-based Violence

  • Contribute in ending all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG).
  • Reduce number of women and men who believe VAWG is justifiable.
  • Increase awareness of the link between VAW and HIV/AIDS.