Through these early efforts, Tumanthane CBO members met most of their basic needs elevating their standard of living. However, it soon became apparent that, as noble as these efforts were, the cash flow was not sufficient to fulfill the larger challenges like providing adequate food for their families while earning enough money to cover health needs and school fees.
That is when they approached Tumaini with a request for partnership
Through our collaboration with Tumanthane, Tumaini provided grants, technical training, and support in various forms. First, Tumaini gave the group Galla male goats to breed with their local goats producing adequate provision of nutritious milk and revenue from the surplus. Tumaini also provides technical training in animal raising and money management to further aid the Tumanthane members.
In recent months, Tumaini gave Tumanthane a grant for a small business start-up of tent and chair rentals. A mere 100 seater tent and chair rental service is a lucrative business in their village and surrounding areas for a variety of large party functions (weddings, funerals, celebrations, etc.) The net impact of this partnership has been incredibly positive. The cash income has since enabled the group at Tumanthane not only to meet their basic needs but also start a savings & loan account.
Tumanthane is a microcosm of the impact that we have witnessed through partnerships with 7 CBOs so far. Each of these CBO's is involved in different economic activities based on the needs and local expertise of the members/community, but the goal is the same: to better his or her futures financially and beyond. In all of the projects pursued, Tumaini offers grants, microloans and technical training, or a combination of such. In total there are 183 individual members in the 7 CBOS with a total of 915 beneficiaries.
The crucial component of these partnerships is the members doing the jobs themselves. Instead of giving the poor fleeting handouts, Tumaini empowers the communities and existing organizations to get out of poverty by providing the skills, small grants, and means necessary for their success
It is amazing watching these communities work steadily toward achieving financial freedom and self-reliance within just one year!