Pastoral Women's Council PWC Tanzania
“The Engareser Women's Solidarity Boma was established four years ago, but in 2016 PWC funded the building of a solid structure to protect our market area from the weather.
“The boma was originally established by women in the area who had learnt about their rights and wanted to establish a place of their own to conduct business. PWC became involved soon after our establishment, to help us get organised and strong.
“PWC has helped us with training to improve our beading products to appeal to our tourist market, as well as assist us to purchase and keep 50 livestock. These livestock are the first for us women to own independently. We share in the care of them and will share in the profit from resale.
“Primarily the women here have been nominated by their own sub-villages to be part of the boma due to their extreme poverty. Some of us have husbands that live far away, and many of us are widows. It is a refuge option for some. Being part of the boma helps us to work together to support each other and lift ourselves from poverty.”