WMI sponsors a Fellowship programs in Tanzania with the Ganako Women's Community Organization (GWOCO), headquartered in Karatu, a small town located about 2 hours west of Arusha. 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.

GWOCO FELLOWSHIPGWOCO 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 post for 2021 has been filled.


GWOCO FELLOW 2019-2021

Jane John Masila - GWOCO FELLOW 2019-2021Jane John Masila is a graduate of the Institute of Accountancy in Arusha, TZ. She developed skills in accounting and management in her position at Aboni Plantations, Ltd. where she reported to the Managing Director. Her duties included preparing income and bank payment vouchers, monthly financial reports, and bank reconciliation. Prior to that Jane interned at the Regional Commissioner's Office in Arusha where she provided support for administrative and financial operations. She is fluent in English and Swahili. Jane is enjoying assisting the GWOCO leadership with executive administrative training and loan program operations and expansion.

GWOCO FELLOW 2017 - 2019/AMSO FELLOW 2018-2019

Jess Broughton - GWOCO FELLOW 2017Jess Broughton took over as WMI Fellow in Karatu, TZ in February 2017. She graduated in 2016 from the University of St Andrews in Scotland with an MA in Geography. For her dissertation she wrote about the physical and social implications of life with a physical disability in Mwanza, Tanzania and spent three months there in 2015 conducting independent research. While at university she worked with Amnesty International St Andrews promoting major human rights campaigns and handling communications and event planning. She also completed two years as an officer cadet with the East of Scotland University Air Squadron, managing training materials and presentations while also learning to fly a Grob Tutor 115E. Prior to entering university, Jess spent a year as a teaching, construction and carpentry volunteer in the Usambara Mountain region of Tanzania.


Jess Littman - GWOCO FELLOW 2016Jess 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

2015/16 Buyobo Fellow Kimberly LaReauKimberly 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.