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Achieved! Store for grinding maize

The sales of flour made with this machine to grind maize, provides sustainable income to 191 widows from the Eluwai village.  The flour is mixed with water and it is turned into ugali which is the main food of the Maasai population at present.
Till now many Maasai who live in the more remote areas have to walk up to 2 days to reach a place where they have a maize grinding machine.  It is an electrical machine so whether they can use it depends on whether there is electrical supply that day.

The need for flour is an opportunity for a business for the Maasai women, so building a store and the installation of a diesel machine that does not depend on unreliable electrical supply is a great advantage in remote areas.
Building a store and installation of a grinding machine for maize.  Also, buying the grain to sell the flour.
It works through a committee that had been formed previously, including:
  • 4 widows from this group that can read and write are in charge of the operation of the business: accounting and maintenance.
  • Another group of 20 women divided into 4 teams is in charge of working the machine and dealing with clients.
Directly: 191 widows from the Eluwai village.
Indirectly: all the maasai community.
Building the Store:  6000 €
Machine for grinding maize, transport and instalation:  1550 €
Maize, gasoil and initial materials:  300€
Total 7850 €
State: Closed
Term: March 2013
  • The result has been a resounding success, with long queues of people waiting outside of the store.
  • This project is of great help, not only to our widows but also for the rest of the community because of its location in the Eluwai village, in the Monduli Juu district.
  • The profits of the operation of this machine will be of approximately 4 million Tanzanian shillings a year.
  • With that money the widows from our group in Eluwai are going to be able to allocate a percentage for medical expenses, another for the maintenance of the equipment and building and the rest to continue buying goats, hens and donkeys.

Thank you to everybody who contributed to the successful completion of this project!