Our Impact and Empowerment

At MikonoYetu, our projects are at the heart of our work toward gender equality and sustainable development. In this blog post, we want to share some of the activities and stories from our projects that have made a significant impact on the lives of women and girls.

One of our flagship projects focuses on Economic Empowerment, where we provide training and support to women entrepreneurs, equipping them with the skills and resources needed to start or expand their businesses. Through this project, we have witnessed women creating employment opportunities for others in their communities.

Women and the Environment are another critical area of our work. We collaborate with women’s groups to promote sustainable farming practices, tree-planting initiatives, and the use of clean energy solutions. Through these projects, women have become environmental stewards, safeguarding natural resources and contributing to the fight against climate change.

Significant Outcomes

One significant achievement made possible through the funding of the Women First International Fund is the empowerment of rural women to establish an agricultural and livestock processing factory. Utilizing the social enterprise model, these women have initiated the production of probiotic yogurt, which is not only superior for health but also enables them to generate income. This income contributes to investments in their children’s education, building sturdy homes, purchasing land, livestock, and more. Rural women emphasize that investing in livestock such as goats, sheep, and cows provides a rapid source of income.

MikonoYetu has empowered women to initiate projects that both promote environmental conservation and generate income. Through the collaborative efforts of “MikonoYetu” and beekeeping experts, training sessions on rural beekeeping have been provided to women. While engaging in beekeeping, they have also shown a fondness for planting trees that support bee food production. Beekeeping using modern hives has facilitated the production of high-quality honey, beneficial for health, and also for selling to generate income.

These are just a few glimpses into the diverse projects and activities we undertake at MikonoYetu.  Each one is driven by the belief that empowering women and girls is essential for sustainable development and a brighter future for all.

Stay tuned for more project highlights and inspiring stories of impact in our upcoming blog posts!

Introducing MikonoYetu: “Joining Hands Together” for Change!

MikonoYetu, meaning “Joining Hands Together” in Kiswahili, is a women-led NGO based in Mwanza, Tanzania. We firmly believe that real change requires collective action, where individuals and organizations join hands to create a sustainable impact in the lives of women.

Established in 2011 and registered as a non-profit organization under the Company Ordinance, MikonoYetu became a certified NGO in 2019. MikonoYetu adopts a gender equality approach to resource ownership, aiming for equal access, control, and decision-making power for women and men. MikonoYetu’s mission is to economically empower women and girls, enabling them to own and control productive resources profitably and productively, while addressing the challenges of climate change. Starting in 2021, MikonoYetu focused on two key thematic areas: Economic Empowerment, and the Environment.

In Economic Empowerment, our targets include reducing poverty levels, increasing resource ownership for women and girls, providing vocational skills training, tackling youth unemployment, and improving access to financial services. Girls’ Empowerment aims to support girls in reaching their potential by promoting their active participation in various spheres, strengthening family roles, challenging harmful cultural norms, enhancing their access to ICT, and creating opportunities for decent work.

In Economic Empowerment, our targets include reducing poverty levels, particularly among rural women, increasing resource ownership for women and girls, providing vocational skills and entrepreneurship training, tackling girls’ unemployment, and improving access to financial services. Through Women and the Environment initiatives, we build the capacity of women and girls to manage natural resources, promote eco-friendly projects led by women, embrace new technologies, raise climate change awareness, and contribute to reforestation efforts.

Join us on this journey of collective action and impact by following our blog. Stay tuned for inspiring stories, insights, and updates as we work together to create a better future.

Together, we can make a difference!

A Look at Mikono Yetu Youth Enterprise Kitchen

Mikono Yetu Youth Enterprise Kitchen in Mwanza, Tanzania has been using Fiti probiotics to improve the health of the community and economically empower their employees. Their kitchen is one of many in Tanzania established with the help of Mikono Yetu and Western University to create more economic opportunities for the local community.

Meet Sandra, Stephano, Devota and Jessica – four of the youths who help run this kitchen.

A Look at ADLG Kitchen

Take a look at the Action for Democracy Local Governors (ADLG) yogurt kitchen! Opening their doors just over a year ago, the ADLG kitchen staff have already trained several women who have been able to open their own yogurt kitchens.

Meet Esther Masawe. She is an active member in her community and helps to sell yogurt and train staff at ADLG. She is passionate about giving back to the community and sees their kitchen as an opportunity to improve local health and empower women.

A Look at Kaneza Milk Group

Meet Freddy, or as everyone in his neighbourhood calls him: Mr. Kaneza. He is a proud grandfather, husband and owner of Kaneza Milk Group. As a retiree, Freddy was looking for a new hobby to fill his time. Around a year ago he discovered Fiti and decided to open his own probiotic yogurt kitchen. With massive success, his business has quickly grown and he is now preparing to sell in grocery stores and open his own storefront location. Not only has his yogurt had an impact on the health of his community, but with a TFDA certified kitchen, he has also been able to financially empower local women by training them to start their own business.


A Look at Ebeneza Women’s Group

Mama Betty is the founder of Ebeneza Women’s Group and Bethel’s Food Production. As a successful entrepreneur, she strives to help empower other women. She trains women and youth for free, sharing her knowledge and experience in order to uplift the community at large.


A Look at Vijana Simama Imara

Meet Joyce Stephano. She has been producing Fiti yogurt for over a decade. After helping establish the first Fiti kitchen in Mwanza with Mikono Yetu, she opened her own, calling it Vijana Simama Imara (youth, they should stand on their own). Over the years, the profits from her kitchen have enabled her to become financially independent. Mama Joyce has dedicated her life to empowering others and uses her kitchen as an opportunity to support youth and other women.

A Look at Foundation Karibu Tanzania

Foundation Karibu Tanzania (FKT) is a non-governmental organisation in Mwanza, Tanzania that aims to eradicate Child Domestic Violence and advocate for children’s rights in Tanzania. They do this by housing and rehabilitating domestically abused children. At FKT, providing nutritious food is central to improving the overall health of the children. In order to do this, the organisation has been producing Fiti yogurt in recent years and noticed immense success in the increased weight gain and mental focus of their children.

A Look at HIDA Fermented Food Enterprise

In 2017, Hida started producing Fiti yogurt out of her home while working full-time at a bank. Producing a couple litres a day, she started to sell to her colleagues. With great success, Hida soon transitioned to the yogurt business full-time, creating her own small factory. Today, she is working to grow her business further and open a large factory in the near future. Hida is one of many business-minded women joining the probiotic yogurt movement in Mwanza. This is her story.

A Look at Tukwamuane Women’s Group

In 2004 Tukwamuane Women’s Group, who named the probiotic yogurt ‘Fiti’, started the first community kitchen in Mwanza, Tanzania. Today, their kitchen maintains a success, operating at the centre of their community. As pioneers of the Fiti probiotic yogurt movement, Tukwamuane has improved local health and inspired dozens of other women to open their own kitchens.

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