We empower women to develop sustainable ventures that transform our communities from poverty-stricken to entrepreneur-vital.
Tiwale is a community-based organization in Malawi registered for TA Njewa: 201315122
Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries. Most families cannot afford to finance their children’s education which can cost up to $30 or more annually. Only 33% of secondary school-aged children are attending school. From this 33%, only 42% are girls. Most girls marry early in exchange for dowry; payment from the husband’s family.
With the infrequency of social mobility in Malawi, daughters and the daughter’s daughter often face the same fate: early marriage and insufficient schooling. Over time this vicious cycle has created a substantial population of women who are under-educated, jobless and facing extreme poverty.
Tiwale means, “let us shine/glow,” in Chichewa. Tiwale is a youth-led community-based organization to empowers women who went through leadership workshops, micro-finance loans, vocational skills training, job creation and education grants. Tiwale started with a team of five young people between 14 and 19 years old in 2012. The project commenced with a business education program that was to be followed by micro-loans. The first loan program aided 12 women to start businesses. To date, Tiwale has since grown to training 150 women in business education programs, guiding 40 women to start businesses via micro-loans and training 66 women with new vocation skills. As the goal has always been to promote education among women, Tiwale recently completed construction of an education center for women. The space will provide free secondary school education classes and more vocational skills development for women in Mtsiliza community.