Mobilization and Education Support to Urban Poor Street Girls for Lives to Change
This initiative takes girls off the streets and gives their caregivers the chance to better support
themselves through forming small businesses. “Mobilization and Education Support to Urban
Poor Street Girls for Lives to Change” provides training and access to small loans for
disadvantaged urban populations, so they can engage in productive activities like green gardening.
This social intervention not only gives street girls a new start, it imparts environmental
sensitivity to the community.
- 20 girls in the program
- 100 women provided access to small business loans
Poverty often manifests as a vicious cycle where parents are unable to support their children, who are left
to survive on their own on the streets. The children repeat the pattern by coming into adulthood in poverty
and having their own children. Poverty and environmental problems are linked, as for example population
growth puts increased pressure on natural resources.
This project returns Tanzanian street girls to their caregivers, and provides the caregivers with
micro-financing and training to start small money-making enterprises. Through the program, women in the
program have started vegetable gardens and are preparing food to sell; they have stands at markets and run
garment shops, among other activities. The women are also made aware of environmental benefits that are
associated with activities like gardening. The girls, meanwhile, receive support to stay in school.
Helping the planet
Women who are more educated and better-off tend to have fewer children. This means less pressure on natural
resources. Sensitization to the environmental benefits increases awareness of environmental problems and
motivation to address them.
Community members receive education and vocational training, increasing their quality of life. Women are
able to better support themselves and their families, helping to break the cycle of poverty.
This activity has potential to expand beyond the current beneficiaries. As it grows, results will spread
beyond benefitting individuals to helping whole communities.
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