Over the past week Stephanie and Andrew Olsen have spent in Mpanda. Stephanie has begun to teach Editha Kasagara, the President of the Mothers union, how to crochet. The plan is to teach the women in the Mothers Union in Mpanda how to make simple baby booties and then go in pairs to the rural churches and teach the mothers there. Baby booties are not just cute, they are also practical in keeping babies healthy. Also, if a mother enjoys the work, they could even start their own business selling baby socks and beanies. To accomplish this, they need to buy wool and crochet hooks. So they have decided to start a microloans fund and the interest will go to buying wool and hooks
Stephanie was able to join the local churches uniting for World Day of Prayer in Mpanda which is also the Women’s Day in Tanzania, by the Christian Council of Tanzania.
To help the Mothers Union start their fund, Stephanie made some chocolate cakes and carrot cakes to sell as a fundraiser for church on Sunday. They were very pleased to receive 95 000 TZ shillings, which the Mother’s Union decided to add to it themselves to reach 105 000 TZ shillings. This amount will now be used to start microloans for women in the Mother’s Union starting in Mpanda, and maybe if successful to reach the rest of The Diocese of Lake Rukwa.
The Mothers Union are always appreciative of any assistance. If you would like to visit Mpanda, even just for a week (like Stephanie did, you could help by bringing crochet hooks, or some skills and patterns to teach. Every skill can be useful, they welcome everyone.