Pastor Francisco Mkanani Mwambila, Tutulane Soap Making
For those who call Rumphi district in northern Malawi home, they are incredibly familiar with tutulane. Tutulane is not only the project name started by Pastor Francisco Mkanani Mwambila, but it also means “supporting one another” in his native language of chiTonga. Mutual support is a quality that the people of Rumphi reflect day-to-day.
Tutulane Soap Making works to improve the economic status of thirty widows, women and youth so they are able to live an independent life without relying on outside support. Many women and youth in the Rumphi district note that even though they have the passion to start a business, they lack access to capital and financial support to form a meaningful career. The training that these participants will complete will address topics ranging from business management and community resources to how to proactively move forward when challenges arise. When the training concludes, seed capital will be issued to the groups in the form of a grant.
Furthermore, the groups will be selling tangible products that yield a greater capital, allowing for future community members to take on this knowledge and opportunity. Pastor Francisco has begun sensitizing the participants on soap making and business skills for three months, which has not only gained much enthusiasm in the community but has also spread the word about this project.
A seed grant will help in securing the ingredients for soap making, mold equipment, stationary and opening bank accounts for the groups.
GRANT AWARD DATE: October 31, 2015