Ms. Lema, a tireless advocate for girls’ and women’s rights, spoke about the challenges that girls and women face in Tanzania. She emphasized the importance of gender equality in advancing society and the role that gender equality education plays in building self-confidence in young women.
She discussed with the girls their vocational training activities, including sewing and batik making. Ms. Lema encouraged the participants to work together to achieve their goals by building bonds of friendship and cooperation and assisting one another in their business ventures. She indicated that by working together they were more likely to obtain financial backing from banks and other institution.
The discussion included practical examples of using a small amount of starter capital to build a successful business. Efficiency and sacrifice were highlighted as two necessities to building a business, as well as personal and financial transparency and cooperation with business partners.
Ms. Lema concluded her presentation with the admonition to work together, love one another and work hard to reach the goals the girls have set for themselves.
The group presented her with a large piece of handmade batik in appreciation for her visit to Chipua. Following a prior discussion with Chipua’s Executive Director, Ms. Lema christened a new Chipua library with the generous donation of two boxes of books.