The 2Seeds Tanzanian Advisory Council (TZAC) is comprised of eight individuals, one from each 2Seeds project. They understand the 2Seeds vision and values, and were selected to join TZAC for their strong relationships, their firm belief in 2Seeds and its work, and their potential for leadership both within their projects and beyond.
Tanzanian Advisory Council (TZAC)
Mama Tatu is an outspoken member of the Bombo Majimoto community. A single mother, she can be seen most days hard at work on her vegetable farm, selling fried treats outside her mud-brick home, or distributing vitamins to newborn babies in her role as village health officer. She is a respected member of the Bombo community and acts as a representative in the village government. Mama Tatu loves her work and always does what it takes to get the job done, including in her role as treasurer for the 2Seeds Bombo Majimoto farmers’ group.
Kuruthumu hails from the mountain village of Bungu, where she acts as secretary to the 2Seeds Bungu farmers’ group. In this elected position, Kuruthumu keeps flawless notes, runs the numbers, and checks the math for every sale. A highly skilled farmer, she produces high quality green peppers and cucumbers! At home, she and her family raise goats, ducks, and chickens, in addition to producing natural remedies for common ailments. Kuruthumu is known far and wide for her reliability, work ethic, and warm and welcoming character.
Mama Eliza can always be found with a smile on her face. She is a natural leader and is involved in numerous different projects. Her home in Kijungumoto is surrounded by banana trees, a vegetable garden, and the cows and goats that she tends. In her role as treasurer for the 2Seeds Kijungumoto group, she works to improve the group and all its members. She can also be found working on countless committees: working as the village health officer; attending village government meetings as a representative; or sitting on the village reforestation committee.
Mzee Mcharo lives in the plains village of Kwakiliga, and is an extremely sharp, innovative farmer who is eager to experiment with new crops and techniques. Previously the chairman of the Kwakiliga group, he stepped down from his role to give others the chance to develop their leadership potential, yet continues to encourage his fellow group members to pursue a high-quality product in their egg production business. One of the original 2Seeds Partners, Mzee Mcharo has always been a strong member of the Network, eager to collaborate with his colleagues from other project sites.
Thomas is a very active, committed farmer in the mountain village of Lutindi. Living with his wife and two young children, he works long hours on his vegetable farms and is one of the most talented farmers in the 2Seeds Lutindi group. He took quickly to the operations of finding markets to sell crops and is regarded as the group’s Sales Coordinator. Thomas raises pigs and loves talking about animals of all kinds. Smart and soft-spoken, he is quick to laugh and has a winning smile.
Mr. Bodo is one of 2Seeds’ original Partners, hailing from the village of Magoma. Talkative and respected by all, he’s aware of everything that goes on in Magoma. He is always very busy and travels often, but unfailingly devotes time to the 2Seeds Magoma project, where he oversees the finances for Kwata primary school’s meals program. Mr. Bodo can often be seen driving his motorcycle throughout the valley or managing operations of the local mill.
Mr. Vedastus is a dynamic and influential presence in Kariakoo Market, the largest wholesale market in Tanzania, located in Dar es Salaam. As Planning and Commercial Director of the Kariakoo Market Corporation, he is an enthusiastic Partner of the Masoko project, playing an integral role in the SMS price collection and dissemination initiative. Mr. Vedastus is a hard worker, but always makes time for his family and for contemplation and discussion of the rapid changes in Tanzanian culture and current events.
Mama Mwaliko, or Asha Rajabu Saidi, is the youngest member of the 2Seeds Tabora women’s group. At age 25, she already has numerous responsibilities, including service as the group’s chairwoman. She can often be found with her three children running a cell-phone charging business out of her home or cooking packaged snacks in the 2Seeds Tabora kitchen. Self-aware and savvy, Mama Mwaliko is regarded as a smart and determined leader.
Mzee John Mntambo
Mzee Mntambo is a retired sisal plantation manager having worked in farming and agriculture for over 30 years. He divides his time between working on several NGO business plans and entertaining the local children. His passion for helping his community has been the inspiration behind many of 2Seeds’ original ideas, such as placing international Project Coordinators in communities with our Tanzanian Partners. John lives in Korogwe, Tanzania, with his wife and grandchildren.