This is Bertha.
She is a food producer in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, who has received support from The Gatsby Trust.
Bertha makes three different types of wine, garlic paste and a flour used to make porridge.
In addition to making these products she is also training other women to do the same.
Bertha works from a processing plant that she built herself at the back of her property, with room dedicated to each part of her business.
Why am I showing you this postcard?
Because this week bloggers Annie, Tanya and Penny are in Tanzania, finding out how donations to Sport Relief have created female entrepreneurs and #lastingchange for women, their families and communities and beyond.
This has rippled out to cause #lastingchange in Africa.
And it’s what our efforts in the Team Honk bloggers’ relay are all about.
Comic Relief has awarded Tanzania Gatsby Trust a grant of £264,959 over 3 years so they can continue helping women.
The number of women running small businesses has increased dramatically in the last 20 years; but these women have faced many challenges. They’ve suffered harassment, and demands for bribes from police and officials.
They also face challenges as a result of their gender – a culture that sees them primarily as wives and mothers rather than businesswomen, the demands of being primary carer, their lack of influence in decisionmaking at home and beyond. Loans and finance are harder to access as a woman. Lack of education leaves them without essential literacy and numeracy skills.
The Gatsby Trust helps 1,000 female entrepreneurs by educating both women and their partners about women’s rights and providing support and training. It has been around since 1992.
How You Can Help
Please retweet, share and support any updates you see with the #lastingchange hashtag.
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You can help create #lastingchange by sponsoring #teamhonkrelay for Sport Relief
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Thank you for helping to create #lastingchange.