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P.T.I is a social enterprise that seeks to alleviate poverty by empowering women (ages 17 – 21) through entrepreneurship and leadership training and support. Through our program, we hope to empower women to overcome poverty while also inspiring them to become entrepreneurs and leaders in the business world. Through your donations and support, this program will become a success by helping us to cover program costs, such as classroom materials and participants’ food and transportation. Moreover, you will help us to fund some prototypes to support product development.

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Funding Details

Deadline: Oct 31, 2014
Total needed: $1,500

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PTI team
Priscilla Ernest Makundi ’16    International Politics and Economics  Mbeya, Tanzania

Guadalupe Daniela Barajas ’14.5   International Politics and Economics  Houston, TX

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Today, women around the world are more likely to be poor and less likely to be a leader in business than their counter parts. Solving this gender gap in poverty and business leadership lies at the heart of the mission of the Pamoja Tunaweza Initative (P.T.I). P.T.I is a social enterprise that seeks to alleviate poverty by empowering women (ages 17 to 20) through entrepreneurship and leadership training and support. Through our program, we hope to empower women to overcome poverty while also inspiring them to become entrepreneurs and leaders in the business world. Essentially, our short-term objective is to equip women with business skills, while also providing necessary resources so that they may establish a local business to sell their products. In the future, we hope to create an online enterprise through which they will have access to the global market and be able to increase sells. Our long-term objective is to foster a community of strong women entrepreneurs that promote sustainable development around the globe. This summer we hope to launch our pilot entrepreneurship and leadership program in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Your donations will help us to ensure its success. The donations will help us to cover program costs, such as classroom materials and participants’ food and transportation.

Priscilla Ernest Makundi ‘16 Priscilla Makundi is a Junior at Middlebury College who majors in International Politics and Economics with a minor in African Studies. Her life experiences and the lives of those around her constantly inspires and draw her to study these fields because she has great interest in the development and the eradication of poverty in the world. Her Dad always told her that her life was a gift and that she should use that gift to make a difference. She believes that she must use the opportunities that she was given in life to make other people’s lives better so that they may also have great opportunities. In her perspective, creating solutions for many developing countries, like her native country Tanzania, is like trying to instantly build a great wall. While building a great wall instantly is impossible, building a great wall one brick at a time, with patience and dedication, is absolutely possible. Her continuous life experiences, family, peers and community have become an inspiration for her to begin creating this great wall; they have motivated her to create solutions for developing nations like her country Tanzania. Through P.T.I she hopes to begin laying a brick as perfectly as a brick could be laid, and start a movement that promotes sustainable development around the world.

Guadalupe Daniela Barajas ‘14.5 Daniela Barajas is currently a senior at Middlebury College studying International Politics and Economics. Her personal and academic experiences have instilled her an interest for development, and the intersection between race and inequality, both in the US and around the world. She is passionate and committed to implementing solutions that will attack the problem of poverty at its roots to truly achieve not just economic development, but an overall better quality of life for people. She strongly believes that the most effective way of creating long lasting-impact in communities in need is by empowering them to promote their own development. Through the Pamoja Tunaweza Initiative, she hopes to begin supporting that empowerment among communities around the world.

Our grandmothers, our mothers, our aunts, our sisters around the world motivate us to keep pushing to unleash their full potential. We know they are powerful beyond measure and can be agents of change around the world, if only given the opportunity. Our inspiration lies in our desire to share with others what we have learned so that they may too be able to unleash their full potential and make their communities the best that they can be. We want to address poverty among communities, but we do not want to do so with the typical aid that often has short-term impact. While we believe that foreign aid can be beneficial to the immediate needs of a community, we still believe that more needs to be done to create solutions that will benefit communities in the long run. We can either continue to provide aid with short-term impact, or we can truly create long lasting impact by empowering communities to promote their own development. Like the saying goes, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” With this in mind, we hope to support the women that we work so they may promote development within their communities.

Classroom materials
lunch and snacks for attendees of the 8 workshops
transportation
TOTAL = $1,500

We will stay in communication with our donors through our website updates: http://pamojatunaweza.org/


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