2Seeds Project Partners are local smallholder farmers, entrepreneurs, government officers, transportation providers, and schoolteachers who collaborate directly with our projects in Tanzania. They are leaders in their communities who work closely with Project Coordinators to learn new skills, build thriving businesses and work toward a more financially secure future for their families and communities.
Omari joined 2Seeds when the Lutindi Project launched in 2010 and is one of the most productive members of the 2Seeds Umoja wa Wakulima farmers’ group. Before joining 2Seeds, Omari cultivated and marketed his crops alone and his income was primarily from cardamom, an inconsistent income generator when grown on a small scale. One of the main initiatives of the Lutindi Project has been to diversify crop production in order to increase earning potential and limit the amount of risk associated with a single crop.
Through collaboration with 2Seeds, Omari has learned best practices for spacing, input usage, and seed choice for cash crops such as cabbages, beets, and green peppers. Now, instead of relying solely on income from cardamom, Omari’s income sources have diversified. Today he cultivates tomatoes, cabbage, peppers, African eggplant, and beets. His wife, Swahila, farms staple crops like sweet potatoes, cassava, and bananas for family consumption. Through coordinated 2Seeds sales, he is able to sell his cabbages, peppers, and beets in larger markets. These new market opportunities have increased and diversified his family’s income sources.
When he has free time, Omari likes to sit and talk with people, sharing ideas and advice late into the night. From his improved financial management, more consistent and higher income, and recently acquired business skills, Omari has identified some of his long-term goals to be opening a store, buying a cow, building a cement house, and sending his children to good schools.
Mama Mwaka is one of the hardest-working members in the 2Seeds Kwakiliga business group, which is generating income for its members through poultry-raising and egg sales. Though she is illiterate, she was recently elected Chairwoman of the group, a testament to her wisdom, commitment, and ability to unify group members.
Mama Mwaka is widowed, has five grown children, and is raising her granddaughter, Aggie. Of all 2Seeds Kwakiliga group members, she has the lowest income, but that has never kept her from engaging with the group given her unmatched work ethic and dedication. She was the first Kwakiliga group member to reach her personal savings goal—replacing her grass and tarp roof with tin—which she attained through saving profit from 2Seeds business activities.
Mama Mwaka successfully completed the 2Seeds Business Curriculum and is now able to use business and financial management best practices to ensure the Kwakiliga egg business grows and prospers. The Kwakiliga group continues to have record-high egg sales, allowing Mama Mwaka to set a new personal savings goal: to build a cement floor for her house. Through 2Seeds’ consistent network-wide sales and connections to higher-value markets, Mama Mwaka should reach her within the next 6 months!
Mama Agi is a member of the 2Seeds Tabora group. Alongside her fellow group members, she manages a food-processing business, cooking and selling potato chips, peanuts and popcorn at markets in Korogwe and Dar es Salaam. Additionally, she runs her own clothing business selling colorful fabrics around Tabora, and is interested in opening the first clothing shop in the village and expanding her sales to new markets..
When asked about her work, she claimed that she was able to manage and sustain her multiple businesses thanks to the accounting, budgeting, time management and planning skills she has learned from the 2Seeds Business Curriculum. With 2Seeds, she started a personal savings fund and recently used it towards the purchase of a motorcycle, which will enable both her and her husband to more efficiently conduct their businesses.
Mama Agi has worked with 2Seeds for three years. Before 2Seeds, she used to sell fried donuts from her house. She would spend the majority of her day cooking but her sales were limited due to the Tabora community’s small demand and limited dispensable income. She still cooks most days, but now with the 2Seeds Tabora group, allowing her to consistently reach markets in Korogwe and Dar es Salaam where products are sold for premium prices. She has diversified her income sources, enabling her to minimize risk and increase her income.
Mama Agi is also a member of the 2Seeds Women’s Group, in which she exchanges ideas with female entrepreneurs from all 2Seeds projects. They push each other to increase their incomes by professionalizing the management of their businesses, and set goals for the future such as raising their children equally regardless of gender, particularly with regards to nutrition.
Though one of the most technically skilled farmers in Bungu, Mngoma was limited to inconsistent agricultural production when he joined 2Seeds in 2011. Working first with Project Coordinators and soon developing a close relationship with the local agricultural extension agent, he became widely knowledgeable about organic processes and expanded his crops to include tomatoes, eggplant, cabbage, zucchini and other vegetables, which he sells in the local Bungu market and in Korogwe, together with his fellow group members. His exceptional knowledge has made him the go-to expert on organic farming in the community, and buyers even come to his farm and pay cash to pick the crops they want, trusting his quality to be the best. He also has a fishpond and a tree farm where he cultivates passion fruit and jackfruit as a way to diversify his income sources, an important skill that he learned in the 2Seeds Business Curriculum.
In just four short years, Mngoma has been able to absorb and adopt a vast amount of information and new skills through his partnership and collaboration with 2Seeds. Through contracts with buyers forged by 2Seeds’ network-wide sales in Korogwe, Mngoma now has consistent weekly income. In addition, he is now able to sell his organic produce for optimal prices at different farmers’ markets in Dar es Salaam, significantly increasing the outreach of his business.