30 Maasai women and men from Ngabobo and Madebe have been practicing their singing skills for many years and are now regularly invited for celebrations in the Arusha region. Originally it was the joy of singing in church that brought them together, but now it has become much more than a regular get together. Their biggest wish is to be recorded in a sound studio, to facilitate a professional marketing of their wonderful songs and voices. Africa Amini Alama is helping them with this.
Maasai women have to be self-reliant, particularly when a drought threatens the northern Maasai steppe of Tanzania. When this happens, the men migrate with their herds into remote regions and leave their women and children behind without provisions. We help with different projects to secure a basic income for these women. With regular visits and the purchase of their handcrafted jewellery, a basic income for the feeding of their children can be ensured.
A group of 10 women could now receive a regular income with support from the solar project. With 700 Euro (the costs of the solar plant with an inverter and battery) they could provide a mobile phone charging station that helps more than 300 families to charge their mobile phones at low cost. Mobile phones are an often controversial issue, but they are an integral part of life, even among these population groups. Every three days, women and men walk for two or three hours back and forth to hand in their mobile phones and to collect them, recharged, the next day – a substantial expenditure of time. Now these women have a small income to feed their children.