Back in February this year I did some filming for Foot2Afrika – a local NGO in Moshi, Tanzania. This is one of the films I shot highlighting the work of the Rudisha Womens Group. They were established in January 2011 with the aim of achieving economic independence and to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families. This film was kindly edited by the very talented Emily Dobbins-Dale
Camera Operator – John Duncan
Editor – Emily Dobbins-Dale
Some more info about the group..
Rudisha Womens Group sew various bags and laptop cases to sell in local and international markets. They have recently begun to create jewellery to increase their product base. The products are largely made from recycled materials such as used jeans and cement sacks for the bags and newspaper for the jewellery.
In addition to working at the project, they still must take care of their (often extended) families. They live in mud houses without water or electricity. Water is obtained from a public water tap which, in some cases, is quite far from their houses. Laundry is done by hand; cooking on a gas bottle or an open wood fire and after dark chores must be done by the light of an oil lamp. They live a very hard existence yet their upbeat attitudes are a testament to their remarkably strong characters.