IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT YOUR RACE
Visit the Five Talents financial inclusion programme in Iringa and see for yourself how it changes lives - spend time with some of the 4,000 women who access our savings, loans and business skills training, and who take advantage of our solar loan products and mobile money system.
View the video below to find out about Five Talents UK's work in East Africa and how it impacts the communities you'll be running through. You can also read more about our model, impact, and clients on our main site.
We ask that each runner raises a suggested amount of £1000, every pound of which will remain in Tanzania, impacting the lives of communities like the ones you'll be running through.
Over the course of the year we'll be providing our runners with fundraising tips and help setting up donation pages. For runners who opt for shorter distances, we're are happy to relax our suggested fundraising total a little, though every little helps!
Meet a client: Katito Mng’odwa
Katito joined a Five Talents programme operated by our local partner, Mama Bahati Foundation in 2014. She lives in Izazi Senta, not far from Iringa town.
"My face portrays the happiness from my heart because I simply feel prestige being a member of Mama Bahati. It was a bit hard for me to join MBF as all know that the Maasai are not business people by nature.”
"I am in Msitani group, it’s a group of 5 members. I started with savings of 50,000 TSH (£17) and now I have 150,000 (£51). The main business I am doing is food, but sometimes I used to supply fresh milk around the streets. In the short period since I joined MBF, I have managed to pay school fees and other expenses for my three children who are studying at primary school. The business has been expanding day by day. I am not scared to ask for the much bigger loans because MBF officers have been giving us much training on how to manage and develop our small businesses. Through the profit earned I want to purchase a piece of land so that I can build a good house for me and my children. Through MBF and her partners, I am sure my plans will become true. It’s my advice for other Maasai ladies not to fear taking loans for the business, the life has been changing, I am no longer dependent, I can do anything by myself."