Duuma Wajane Bike Shop
AKP Project Since 2016
AKP empowers local widows through community business
Duuma Wajane Bike Shop, employs four women who have gone through extensive training to become bike mechanics and operate a their own business enterprise. Typically, this type of job would be given to a male. Through this female-driven model, AKP empowers women to experience a new field of skills, earn their own income, and help break the social construct of gender.
What makes Duuma Wajane particularly unique is that all the women employed at the shop are local widows. In rural parts of Tanzania, after the husband passes, all assets (farms, cattle, houses etc.) are given to the husband’s family. This means that following the tragedy of the husband’s death, the widow is very often left with nothing. This project brings new hope to these women along with income generation and new skill set which aids them to support their families. Learn more about AKP’s worldwide Bike Shop Program.
Visit this Project
Visit Mwikantsi, a village on the western border of Tarangire National Park, to meet the women who own and operate Duuma Wajane Bike Shop, a local co-op. Experience the shop at work as you learn how these inspiring entrepreneurs have partnered with A&K Philanthropy to repair and resell second-hand bicycles as a means to support their families, broaden the community’s mobility, and sustain a host of community outreach programs. Guests have the option to grab a bike and ride out to explore the village with a guide.
A&K can include a visit to Mwikantsi Village on a Tailor Made Journey to Tanzania. Contact our offices in Australia, the UK or the USA for assistance in creating an itinerary just for you.