By Denise Nanni and Milena Rampoldi, ProMosaik. In the following our interview with Shirima of KEDE/CEDE, supporting communities in the Kilimanjaro region in Tanzania. The organization combines environmental protection and social development.
What are the main social and economic issues in the region of Kilimanjaro?
What are the activities that CEDE carries on?
CEDE activities are mainly focused on empowering vulnerable members within the community specifically aged, sick, widows, widowers and orphans. These people are empowered economically by educating them on basic principles of entrepreneurship, and on how to engage themselves on small scale project generating activities such as organic farming, bee keeping etc.
How would you define your approach?
Our approach may be defined as grass root approach based on personal initiative and individual involvement approach.
How do you involve women in your projects?
Women are involved in our projects from the initial stage of project identification to project evaluation i.e. all stages of project cycle.
How do you promote community empowerment?
By meeting with the target groups and discuss issues related to their constraints, challenges facing them and how to overcome them with list cost initiatives (value of money).
Do you cooperate with local authorities and institutions? If yes, how?
Communication with others is inevitable, as the communities are under their local authorities, likewise other institutions in order to avoid unnecessary replication of activities.
When introducing yourself to the community you have to know the institutions working with them and the authorities within the community in order for us not to violate the existing policies.