Photo by Helene Wallart & Remy Simon

Photo by Helene Wallart & Remy Simon

 

Throughout Unite's journeys across East Africa, which began in 1991, we have met some truly extraordinary individuals from all walks of life who are committed to creating positive change in their communities, against all odds. When we come across these bright, talented, rare & precious souls, we want to do all we can to support them in their work to uplift and empower those living in greatest need. Some of the traits our “Warriors for Change” share include: 

  • Intelligence, experience, aptitude
  • Creative problem solving abilities, critical thinking,
  • Resilience and an inexplicable well of inner strength, 
  • A clear and specific vision for a better tomorrow, and
  • Unwavering faith in what is possible.

 

 

Unite  recently awarded A new grant to Entpreneur
Philomena Eliakim KivuyO

  Philomena Eliakim Kivuyo   Philomena, 33, was born born in the Olgilai village of Arusha to a mother and father who survived as small-scale farmers. Philomena attained her form four secondary education at Enaboishu Secondary school and completed a basic computer course at Meserani. After that, she began her work handcrafting beaded jewelry and products and designing and sewing women's fashions.   Unite has been working with Philomena since early 2014. She was an original member of our former Women's Loan Program and repaid a number of loans that enabled her to obtain an indoor store stall at Maasai Marketplace in Arusha (after the market was burned to the ground and she lost everything from an arson attack) and to design and launch a new line of batik dresses, shirts, bags etc. Philomena has been successful enough to hire other girls to work with her as a way of teaching them self reliance by employing them and to support her two younger brothers in their education as well as the needs of her parents and extended family.   With her Warrior for Change grant, Philomena will take her business beyond the borders of Tanzania to participate in fashion and product shows across East and Southern Africa. We look forward to her greater success and growth as a young woman entrepreneur.    

Philomena Eliakim Kivuyo

Philomena, 33, was born born in the Olgilai village of Arusha to a mother and father who survived as small-scale farmers. Philomena attained her form four secondary education at Enaboishu Secondary school and completed a basic computer course at Meserani. After that, she began her work handcrafting beaded jewelry and products and designing and sewing women's fashions. 

Unite has been working with Philomena since early 2014. She was an original member of our former Women's Loan Program and repaid a number of loans that enabled her to obtain an indoor store stall at Maasai Marketplace in Arusha (after the market was burned to the ground and she lost everything from an arson attack) and to design and launch a new line of batik dresses, shirts, bags etc. Philomena has been successful enough to hire other girls to work with her as a way of teaching them self reliance by employing them and to support her two younger brothers in their education as well as the needs of her parents and extended family. 

With her Warrior for Change grant, Philomena will take her business beyond the borders of Tanzania to participate in fashion and product shows across East and Southern Africa. We look forward to her greater success and growth as a young woman entrepreneur. 

 


Past "Warrior Grants" have been awarded to:

Here at Unite, we are always interested in meeting more "Warriors for Change" -- passionate visionaries on the frontlines of innovative change. If you or anyone you know fits this profile, please email anne@uniteafricafoundation.org. Karibu sana! Tuko pamoja!