Producing Hope

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 28, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Esther Chidodolo posted in Economic Empowerment, Tanzania, Impact Stories, WV


A beautiful village carpets the foot hills of Mt. Mbulu in Northern Tanzania. Water streams flow down the mountain into this attractive village. Magugu village is quiet and the streets are empty except for a few chickens running around and kids playing soccer. It’s almost the rainy time of year and people are working on their farms preparing for the season.

Lucia Abel (60) is a farmer that lives in Magugu and has raised seven children on her own. She remembers when her husband abandoned her when she was three months pregnant.

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Green Light

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 13, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Esther Chidodolo posted in Economic Empowerment, Tanzania, Impact Stories, WV

Ramadhani has increased his production of bananas, providing food and income for his family

A drive to Gidabagar village opens up into a beautiful scenery of hills and small rivers. Many farmers can be seen working in their farms this time of year as they are preparing for the next farming season that begins around November to January with short rains.

Ramadhani Doho (60) is one of those farmers preparing for the season. One difference between Ramadhani and the other farmers is that he is farming and harvesting all year round. This was not the case a few years back, because Ramadhani depended on seasonal farming of maize and pigeon peas for food and for sale.

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Cultivating Our Dreams

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 25, 2019 1:51:00 PM / by Esther Chidodolo posted in Economic Empowerment, Tanzania, Water, Impact Stories, WV


Mayoka village is surrounded by beautiful mountains and a big river that flows around the village. It’s hot and dry and area farmers are working their farms, preparing for the next short rainy season. Approaching Maria and Lawrence’s farm, a cool breeze blows through the green and lush vegetation.

Maria (50) and Lawrence (55) are married and have five children, three boys and two girls. They are farmers and raise livestock as their main source of income. Four of their children go to school and one is working in Arusha town.

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A Passion For Farming

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 25, 2019 11:44:00 AM / by Esther Chidodolo posted in Economic Empowerment, Tanzania, Impact Stories, THRIVE, WV


“When I saw these children living in desperate conditions, my heart broke and I asked their mothers if I can take them with me and raise them.” Magdalena pauses for a moment and takes a deep sigh with her head bowed down and when she raises her head up, it is clear that she is having a difficult time pushing back tears from her bright eyes. She looks at me and breaks the silence “Being a mother is a blessing, but being an abandoned single mother is the worst nightmare anyone can wish for,” she says.

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Lesotho Pastor using Empowered Worldview receives Commonwealth award from Queen Elizabeth

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 24, 2018 5:18:11 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Economic Empowerment, Tanzania, THRIVE, WV, Lesotho


The Empowered Worldview is a biblically-based training and action learning curriculum created by World Vision and other partners.  Its central purpose is to build a deep acceptance and understanding that all humans have been endowed by their Creator with the ability and capacity to lead productive, creative lives – from earning and income and providing for their families, to family roles and relationships, and from caring for others in the community to caring for creation - and to combat a dependency mindset.  The Empowered Worldview uses both a teaching curriculum as well as short-term and long-term action learning through special projects and engaging in empowering activities such as Savings Groups.

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Moving from dependence to dignity in Tanzania

[fa icon="calendar'] May 18, 2018 6:29:47 PM / by Chris Huber posted in Economic Empowerment, Tanzania, THRIVE, WV, International Day


On the International Day of Families, the United Nations highlights the importance of caregivers in the family — parents, grandparents, and siblings — and of educating and empowering them to protect and invest in their children.

World Vision is committed to preserving families worldwide — helping them not just to survive, but to thrive in some of the world’s most broken places.

About 10 percent of the world’s workers live below the extreme poverty line of $1.90 per day. In emerging and developing countries, 30 percent live under the moderate poverty line of $3.10 per day. For these families, shocks like ruined crops or armed conflict can have a severe impact on their ability to meet daily needs.

Two World Vision program models — THRIVE and Empowered Worldview — are proving invaluable in delivering lasting impact in helping families out of poverty. Paired together, they can create a stabilizing effect in communities that have historically struggled with food insecurity and a lack of economic opportunities.

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Give thanks with a grateful heart

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 22, 2017 4:52:19 PM / by Cory Trenda posted in Tanzania, Water, WV, NLC

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Thanksgiving Day 2016 found my wife Janet and me in a prehistoric crater in Tanzania. I’d been hosting several families as we visited World Vision projects earlier in the week. Then on Wednesday evening we traveled to Ngorogoro Crater and checked into a lovely lodge where we would have our team debrief later the next day, after a game drive.

Knowing the next day was a special one for our US-based team, I sought out Vijay, the friendly and gracious manager of the inn. “I recognize that Thanksgiving is only an American holiday, but I wondered if you’ve made any special arrangements for tomorrow that we should factor into our plans?” He apologized profusely, “Oh, if we had known, we would have prepared something, but of course it’s too late now.” I quickly assured him nothing was expected.

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Families move from surviving to thriving in Tanzania

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 30, 2016 2:45:58 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Economic Empowerment, Tanzania, Impact Stories, WV

Amani Leking'orie

Amani Leking’orie was an innovator—and full of hope— even before he teamed up with World Vision. Now he said he feels the sky’s the limit with this strong partnership that blends his hard work with expert support. 

Amani Leking’orie always knew he would be a cattle herder. That’s what Maasai men do in northern Tanzania. But climate change brought prolonged drought that made it difficult for him to earn a living for his family simply by raising cattle.

“For five years, the rains were not reasonable,” Amani said, explaining how dry weather caused his cows to lose energy and weight. “When it doesn’t rain, you wouldn’t wish to stay here for even one day.”

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