WMI TANZANIA FELLOWSHIPS
WMI sponsors two Fellowship programs in Tanzania. One is with the Alailelai Maasai Sustainability Organization (AMSO) and the other is with the Ganako Women's Community Organization (GWOCO). Both fellows are headquartered in Karatu, a small town located about 2 hours west of Arusha. Both Fellowships are for a year. The Fellow is provided with meals, housing (with plumbing and electricity) and a small monthly stipend. Qualifications include a college degree; prior work in the development sector is helpful, as is knowledge of business operations.
The Fellow's basic function is to act as the chief field coordinator for operations. The Fellow helps build human capacity among the local staff, assists in implementing effective systems operations, troubleshoots program issues, assists in developing appropriate chains of command and reporting systems, and improves staff computer/technology skills. The Fellow also documents program activities (photographs and interviews), creates content for the organization's web site, and interfaces with other non-profits to build local collaborations.
AMSO FELLOWSHIP - AMSO is a Tanzanian Not for Profit, Community Based Organization with its headquarters in Alailelai Village, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Northern Tanzania. AMSO was founded in 2012 by a group of local community members who saw the need to find solutions to the many problems facing the Maasai community in Tanzania. AMSO is currently operating local programs to improve education, health, and provide business opportunities for the local people. These include a microfinance loan program for women, scholarship programs, a goat project, construction of local educational facilities, and health trainings.
GWOCO FELLOWSHIP - GWOCO is a grass roots women's organization formed to create economic and development opportunities for village women in rural areas surrounding Karatu, TZ. GWOCO has launched a microfinance program in conjunction with WMI and the Fellow supports all loan program operations. The loan program now serves 500 women in the villages of Tloma, Buger, Gongoli and Sumawe. The Fellow coordinates activities with GWOCO local staff at these locations. The loan hubs are in very rural areas with limited infrastructure so the logistics can be very challenging.
The Fellowship posts for 2017 have been filled. Applications for the 2018 Fellowships will be posted in the fall of 2017.
GWOCO FELLOW 2016
Jess Littman is the 2016 GWOCO Fellow, helping develop the WMI loan program in the villages surrounding Karatu, TZ.
Jess interned with WMI in Buyobo, Uganda as a high school student and in Bethesda, MD as a college student. She is delighted to return as a Fellow with WMI in Tanzania. She graduated from New York University in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in International Development and Peace. During college, she worked at various nonprofits in the fields of education, capacity building and technology. After graduation, she spent four months volunteering in Southeast Asia. She is passionate about dogs, literature and the ocean.
AMSO FELLOW 2015/2016
Kimberly LaReau is the 2015/2016 AMSO Fellow in Tanzania, serving with WMI partner Alailelai Sustainability Organization (AMSO). She graduated from Ithaca College in New York in 2010 and began master's degree work in International Development at Concordia University in Portland Oregon in 2013. After college, Kim worked at AmeriCorps for the Adirondacks Service Member, initiating community health projects, developing food curriculums for middle school and coordinating community building events. She was also a Mercy Corp Youth Development intern in Portland, working on improving communication among field directors and managing a quarterly newsletter that focused on target program impact. Kim has worked on development projects in Ghana, Costs Rica and the Dominican Republic.