Worldview and SAWATA
Friday 26th March 2010
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With the support of Ann Mitchell Avery of Worldview Education and Care, HOCODECO and Worldview have created SAWATA; a women’s co-op.   SAWATA is an acronym of Saidia Wanawake wa Tanzania in Kiswahili and means "Support Women of Tanzania".

Worldview has provided funds for materials and sewing machines for the women who will receive vocational training to become tailors and jewelry makers.

The training will take three to six months and graduates expect to initiate their own businesses at home or seek employment elsewhere.

To start with, SAWATA plans to buy between two to five sewing machines.   SAWATA intends to target girls and women who have been abandoned by their husbands and are now solely responsible for supporting their families.   It is a sad fact that girls and women, including those who complete schooling and training do not get equal access to employment opportunities.

Blair Alexander of HOCODECO said, “We are delighted to be working with the support of Worldview Education and Care.   Together we aim to address the inequality experienced by these women and provide them with skills and hope for a better future”.
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Devotia Maico and her son Medson.
Devotia is taking part in SAWATA vocational training where she is learning sewing, jewellery making and English.