Mothers Against Poverty (MAP)
Purpose of the Program
To provide eligible women the opportunity to become self-sufficient through entrepreneurial opportunities which include education, training, technical assistance & access to funding.
Rationale for the Program
Women make up 70% of 2.5 billion people worldwide who live on less than $2 day. Unfortunately because of their poverty, these women are more vulnerable to forced labor, malnutrition, high maternal mortality rate, high infant mortality rate and violence. The greatest challenge facing these women is not a lack of motivation but a lack of access to financial education and financial services.
Advantages of the Program
Through the MAP project at Neema Village, women will receive help and financial services so that they can work their way out of poverty and provide income for themselves & their families. As a result, women can provide better nutrition and improved living conditions for their families and also pay for their children’s education. Through the MAP Project, the women will not only transform their lives but also the lives of their families, also positively impacting their community.
Outreach to Women in Maasai Villages
In addition to helping the local mothers of Neema, the women who live out in rural Maasai villages are also welcome to come here for a similar opportunity. They can come learn a trait such as sewing and we will guide them in becoming financially sustainable.
How To Help
If you would like to help our mothers become self-sufficient, please donate to our MAP program. For tax deduction purposes, please do not include individual or business names. Please only specify that your donation is for the MAP program.
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Mama Frankie is the mother of nine children including our first baby Frankie who is everyone’s little love at Neema Village. Frankie is a triplet and mom has now had twins! Mulitple births are very common here in Tanzania. Mama Frankie is an educated Maasai and wants to have a better life for her family. … Continued
Mama Beni – Margaret lives next to Neema Village and was hired to work in the fields making $2.50 per day. She is married and has four children. She wants to provide a better future for her children. We talked with her about business possibilities and she decided that a chicken business would allow her … Continued
Sophia (Mama Martin) Sophia is 24 years old with a 2 year old handicap child named Martin. Martin is disabled and when the father saw this he abandoned the family. She had no income so began getting up at 3am in the morning to make mandazi (like a breakfast donut) to sell to have money … Continued
Happy Justin -Happy is 30 years old and has 3 children. Her husband has abandoned the family. She had no home so she moved in with a friend. When Mariya first interviewed her she was selling carrots and fixing friends hair to make some money to buy food. She wanted to start a hair business. … Continued
Josephine is a widow, 36 years old, with 2 children. She has a job working at the big flower export plant in Checkerini, a small town just down the road from Neema. But the doctor says she must quit her job because of damaged lungs due most likely to the chemicals used at the plant. Josephine … Continued
Evaline, pictured with Mariya Halapi, has two children. Her husband left her some months ago . She was living in a one room mud hut with a rusty tin roof and was two months behind in the rent. There was no food in the house, she was depressed and close to being evicted when Neema was called … Continued
Mama Pretty, pictured below with the chickens and the big smile, has two children. In August she had little twins, Pretty and Precious. Unfortunately, one of the twins, baby Pretty, passed away because of heart problems caused by malnutrition. It is surely difficult to get over losing a child in any country but even more … Continued
Mama Iddi, pictured below, is a 63 year old grandmother struggling to keep a severely brain damaged ten year old granddaughter. Her daughter abandoned the child with her. This grandmother is living in a house that looks unsafe and is about to fall down. She owns her own home so we will be looking for volunteers … Continued
Upendo, has a 2 year old son named Calvin, who was severely brain damaged at birth. After the birth the husband abandoned the family. The baby was malnourished and not processing protein when Upendo came seeking help at Neema. We put the baby in the hospital for about 4 weeks. She plans to start an Internet/Fresh … Continued
Penina is 21 years old. This beautiful young woman was working on the street supporting herself, her 88 year old grandmother and an aunt with Downs Syndrome and her own 2 year old son. Penina has heard about Jesus’ love for her and knows about his power to save her life. The family was living in a mud house that was … Continued
Mwajuma, pictured with Michael, is 35 years old and has walked on her knees dragging her legs since she had polio at age 12. A few weeks ago she came to Neema Village looking for help. It is shocking that people still have to deal with Polio in this day and age! Mwajuma has a 12 year old son named … Continued
Chicken Business FULLY FUNDED
This young mom lives in a small room she rents for $7 per month just outside Arusha. She has two children, one is severely physically and mentally challenged. Her husband has left the family and sends no support. Felister, or Mama Noela as she is called, has been struggling to feed her family and care … Continued
Sewing Business $300 FULLY FUNDED
Mother of Triplet Girls in Tanzania, East Africa Meet Elesifa Pokea. She is 40 years old and the mother of six children. Almost four years ago a small bush hospital called us at Neema House and said there was a mom who had just given birth to triplets but was close to death and her … Continued
Sewing Business $45 FULLY FUNDED
Betty is a 27 year old single mother of a precious baby girl and has worked at Neema for 5 years as one of our nannies. Alongside being a nanny for Neema, Betty has also been learning to make handmade decorative Maasai coats, computer bags, and traditional African shirts. Betty is interested in expanding her … Continued
Salon Apprenticeship $250 FULLY FUNDED
Meet Happy. She wants to start a hair braiding business in Africa! Happy Mollel is a 39 year old mother with 7 children in Arusha, Tanzania. She and her husband have 4 boys and 3 girls. To help her family she sells milk to neighbors but many times she is unable to get the advantage … Continued
Chicken Business $400 FULLY FUNDED
This is Bertha Joel, otherwise known as Mama Alan. She is a 35 year old female that lives in Arusha, Tanzania working in the fields to make an income of $2.50 USD a day, which is the equivalent of 5,000 Tanzanian shillings a day. She has four children; three girls and one boy, all from … Continued