A group of Market Place Literacy trainers travel from to Chennai to Arusha as part of an exchange programme between the two Countries within the Investing in Maasai Women project
As part of the Investing in Maasai Women project, a group of MarketPlace Literacy (MPL) trainers from India is currently visiting our office in Tanzania. This is part of the MPL exchange programme, through which from 28th December 2017 to 4th January 2018 four Maasai women participated to the MPL India Immersion Conference, in Chennai, India. The programme – focused on subsistence marketplaces – is aimed at allowing researchers, educators, practitioners, and students to engage directly with urban and rural subsistence marketplaces, in rural communities in both India and Tanzania.
Taking part in the Tanzania Immersion Trip are two Indian women (MPL trainers), four additional Indian MPL collaborators, Dr Madhu Viswanathan (MPL Coordinator for IMW and Professor at the University of Illinois), and researchers from the University of Illinois. The itinerary includes visiting MPL beneficiaries in the Longido, Arusha and Monduli Districts, and NGOs in the city of Arusha.
This is a remarkable chance both for the researchers – that can increase their knowledge on issues such as nutrition and water and sanitation, communicating directly with the community – and for Indian and Maasai women. Infact, they are learning not only about markets but also about the impacts of poverty, literacy, and culture on their social conditions through their shared experiences.
The experience is overall aimed at building and reinforcing the women’s self-confidence, providing them with insights and skills which they will reinvest into their community.