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Women helping women: A Message from our new President
An unknown author once said, “When women support one another, incredible things happen.” Nothing is truer than when it applies to TEMBO. I am honoured to take on the role of President of TEMBO, knowing that I have a team of dedicated women to support me in our efforts to help the girls and women in Longido District, Tanzania.

Each year a devoted committee of women organizes the annual TEMBO luncheon which raises much needed funds for TEMBO programs. Our work is also supported by enthusiastic women who run smaller fundraising events throughout the year. All of these woman are passionate in telling the TEMBO story and inspiring others to become involved. 

In the spring and fall, volunteer teachers travel to Longido to support TEMBO’s PASS and TEC programs. Often these women return two, three or four years, on their own expense, to prepare girls for secondary school and to build partnerships with local educators and community workers. On their return to Canada, these remarkable women continue their support of women in countless ways. 

I look forward to working with TEMBO's strong, dedicated volunteers and I am confident that, together, we can make incredible things happen.

Melissa Clark
President, TEMBO Canada
Supporting Women Entrepreneurs

Women in Longido are rarely able to borrow money to start businesses because the women lack any credit rating. TEMBO addresses this problem by offering small microfinance loans. Since 2007, when the program first began, over 150 women have received loans and many have gone on to build successful businesses. Today, there are 98 women in the program. Here are a few of their stories:

Anna Wambui owns a hair salon. She has been with the program for two years and once she paid back her first loan, she took out another to buy supplies such as hair extensions. Anna wants to expand her business by purchasing a second hair dryer, so that she can serve more customers each day.

Mama Juliet has become a successful business woman who graduated from the TEMBO loan program in 2014. She has been accepted for a loan from the bank because of her good credit rating. She runs a small retail store which sells groceries and toiletries. Sometimes the transactions are very small. For example, a small boy comes to buy one infant diaper. Juliet also runs a fabric shop where she sells colourful kangas and kitenges, and employs a seamstress to make clothing.

Naalarami, a traditional Maasai woman, owns a small vegetable business where she sells cabbage, beans, maize and tomatoes and potatoes in season.
Her biggest selling item is tobacco which people buy in small quantities, about 2 tablespoons for 500 TSH (40 cents). Naalarami displays her goods on a blanket on the cement stoop of a shop where she works from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. With this business, she is able to help provide for her 3 grandchildren.

Mary Emmanuel owns a mill which grinds maize and some wheat. Women bring their own grain or buy it there and then pay to have it milled on Mary’s diesel powered equipment.

Mary received her first loan 7 years ago and after 7 loans which she successfully repaid, she qualified for a loan from the bank. Her husband operates a small metal shop across from her business and he has been able to keep the mill in good working order. However, Mary has plans to improve her business by replacing her mill with a new electric mill.

Women in the program say that the TEMBO loans have had an impact on their lives. The proceeds from their business support their families' basic needs, food and schooling. Their businesses face the same challenges as any business: competition and late payments from customers. But, despite these challenges, the women are pleased to have the opportunity to run their own businesses.




January 21 - February 3rd
Join us for an amazing two-week experience in northern Tanzanian including a week in the village of Longido and a week exploring Tanzania's beautiful national parks.
Learn more: projectembo.org

Bidding opens on November 12.  Watch for an email from TEMBO, so you can join the excitement!

Saturday, November 26, 2016
First Unitarian Church, Ottawa (30 Cleary Ave)
Doors Open at 9:30 a.m. 
  • Updates from TEMBO Canada
  • African Marketplace
  • Silent Auction
Guest Speaker at 11:00 a.m.

Lunch at 12 noon.

(Catered by Thyme and Again Ottawa)

$50 each (includes charitable receipt for $25)

Buy your ticket today.
(Click on ticket)



Fifty enthusiastic girls are now in their fourth week of the 10-week program. They love their new school bags courtesy of Toronto’s Pan Am Games.

Before getting down to basics in English class, the girls have great fun learning some yoga poses.

Afternoons are spent studying Mathematics and Geography with local Tanzanian teachers.

And they love visiting the Learning Centre where they are learning how to type their name on the computers.

TEMBO Canada is a registered charitable organization working to support women and girls in northern Tanzania.

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