THE ISSUE

Many women in Africa do not enjoy the freedoms or opportunities we have been blessed with in America. Due to a societal belief that women are not capable of holding the same responsibilities as men, there is less support for them. There are a number of contributing factors, one of which is a pressure to stay at home and manage the household, lacking the ability to drive, or lacking an education. There are also cultural practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) that still exist within certain communities despite it being prohibited.

THE SOLUTION

We make an effort to support properties that are investing in women through ongoing training that empowers them to continue to advance within their careers and earn promotions. We also support organizations that are training women to become entrepreneurs so they can better support themselves and their families.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

One of the greatest ways you can have an impact is simply by traveling and being aware of where your money goes and what it supports. Check out this luxurious itinerary focused on supporting local women’s empowerment efforts:

EMPOWERING WOMEN IN EAST AFRICA

Duration: 11 days
Destinations: Tanzania, Uganda
Price: From $14,500 per person sharing

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You can also donate to this cause directly with either a one-time or monthly donation:

Here are a few examples of costs associated with supporting women’s empowerment efforts:

  • $100 can buy 50% of a beehive, matched by a Maasai woman
  • $200 can pay the monthly salary of a beading assistant, allowing 110 women to participate in Maa Beadwork
  • $700 can send a Maasai child to boarding school for one year. Children are identified on an as-needs basis. They are frequently pre-pubescent girls who are facing female genital mutilation and child marriage to middle-aged suitors.

WHO WE SUPPORT

CHEM CHEM, TARANGIRE, TANZANIA

Community is key to conservation in the Tarangire Ecosystem, which is home to a number of culturally rich, but under-resourced villages. With limited access to education and economic opportunities, it is difficult to support one’s family and contribute to the long-term sustainability of the land. Chem Chem provides English courses for the youth and women to widen the scope of their education. The introduction of a Marketplace Literacy course for women teaches the fundamentals of business, and how to start a small entrepreneurial enterprise.

DUNIA CAMP, SERENGETI, TANZANIA

Safari tourism has long been a male-dominated industry where two female guides in a vehicle are as rare as a pangolin sighting. But a camp located in the iconic Serengeti National Park is breaking these stereotypes. Dunia Camp is an all-female team led by Angel Vandeline Namshali, Tanzania’s first female safari lodge manager. The entire team is comprised of women from its hosts and chefs that accommodate your every need, to its guides and rangers keeping you safe and comfortable. Witness first-hand what women are capable of in the middle of the bush while enjoying the thrills of a traditional African safari. The ladies of Dunia Camp are proof that women can work in any environment if they are given the opportunity.

MAA TRUST BEADWORK PROJECT

Maasai women have limited opportunities to earn cash. The Maa Trust Beadwork Project aims to change this by teaching women how to market their traditional beading skills to international travelers. The projects they are focused on include water tanks as many women currently have to walk miles to access water that is not even clean, gas cylinders which would be an alternative energy source to prevent trees from being cut down in conservation areas, and solar lighting to allow children to study into the evening.

RIDE 4 A WOMAN, BWINDI, UGANDA

The quintessential wildlife experience in Uganda is trekking the lush green forests to catch a glimpse of a gorilla family, who share 98% DNA with humans. The other draw to this area is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local Ugandan culture and join the Ride 4 A Woman organization, which teaches new skills and offers jobs to women in their community who struggled with poverty, HIV, and domestic violence. Since its inception in 2009, more than 300 women from 11 villages benefit from the Ride 4 A Woman community center. As a visitor, you can interact with local women and learn from them how to weave baskets, pedal sew and cook local dishes. Watch the women showcase their culture through traditional dance — or even better, you can learn to dance with them. All proceeds are put straight back into the organization to continue its initiatives.