TOPICS WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE

  • The differences between our attitudes to entrepreneurship in Tanzania and the UK
  • How the internet is changing how entrepreneurs work all over the world
  • We ask whether people in rural areas are being left behind as entrepreneurship gets easier for those who are well connected?
  • We also talk cash economies, chutney and what happens when you have too many tomatoes?
  • We ask each other what we think is innovative in business right now?
  • How companies like Uber and Air BnB are spreading their reach by solving our problems

Some quotes from the show:

‘We had to jump into the fire to discover just how difficult it it’
‘In the UK being an entrepreneur is like a choice, something you do if you have creative ideas and want to do it your own way. In Tanzania everybody wants to have a business on the side.’
‘If you’ve got an idea and you are willing to experiment with it, like try it out, see what works and tweak things like you did with Kipilipili and make changes in response to what people want and need from you, then it starts to become a business idea’
‘It’s not like the old days when you had to pay someone to print a flyer for you, or you had to pay someone to design a logo or you had to pay someone to design a website for you, nowadays you can actually do everything yourself’
‘You have UBER, are you serious? Wow! All they are really doing is providing the technology’.
‘There are so many technologies that are slowly being introduced to Tanzania’
‘We are talking about the same things even though we are 7000 miles apart that these things are so transferable and replicable and it’s the same system extended to a new territory. It’s like an an unbelievable entrepreneurs opportunity that you couldn’t have imagined 30 years ago’
‘A lot of them have two sides to the coin. The UBER things probably means taxi drivers get more work but they don’t have a lot of security. Generally these technologies are allowing people to get work they wouldn’t have got before but not on a secure or lasting bass with a long term contract, pension or national insurance. The flip side is they might not treat people so well’
‘And then when you look at Air BnB that’s just kind of like  community, right? Basically its people offering their houses to people – it doesn’t even sound like a business idea at all!’
‘It’s just a matter of listening to what the people or community about you are saying, or what is the pressure point? And then try and give a solution’
‘Being an entrepreneur simply means giving out solutions to people and then just not giving up if you truly believe in your idea’
‘If you are consistent enough you will reach your goal!’

In this episode Ziada and Mary Ann speak about menstruation and how the taboos about it affected our lives growing up both in Tanzania and in the UK. They reflect on the fact that having periods is such a normal part of our experience as women, even if we can’t talk about it and how not talking about how menstruation and our cycles affect us it makes things harder. We do some honest talking about the particular challenges we each experience when we bleed and Mary Ann talks about how you can start to get more in tune with your menstrual cycle and plan you work and life accordingly. We also share something about how we experienced our first bleed, about the fact that the number one reason for girls dropping out of school is because they can’t afford sanitary products and Ziada speaks about why that needs to change and what the Tanzanian government is doing about it. We conclude that the change should start with us breaking the taboo and talking about our bleeding with the women and men in our lives.

Some quotes from the show:

‘To pretend that you feel fine is actually a massive effort’

‘It’s a very different state of mind when you are bleeding from the rest of the month’

‘When I am bleeding I’m tired of everything, I’m even tired of hearing myself talk’

‘Allowing yourself to say, you know what I can’t do it and if you do that even the weight of it and the struggle becomes lighter because you are acknowledging it, part of the weight of it and part of the struggle is actually because you are the whole time trying to pretend like you can cope.’

‘All the adverts for sanitary towels and tampons are about how you can do anything if you use then your life can continue as normal’

‘When you are bleeding might be a really go time to think inside of yourself, to do creative stuff, because you are in that slightly altered state of mind, even if you shut yourself in your room to be with whatever you want to be. Then when you are ovulating, that’s the time to go out and have business meetings, you should try to organise your life in a way that respects your cycle basically’

‘I guess it requires a lot of practice and a lot of acceptance’

‘There’s a few days before I bleed when I am really quite nasty, but I am so productive on day 14 or 15, I’m like, yeah, I can do this!’

‘Something that has been happening to women forever, it must have been, it’s part of how the life of our planet is sustained, this ability to create and shed life in our wombs – so why have we made it in to this thing that we have to pretend doesn’t happen?’

‘all these times in school growing up how shameful it would be because a bit of a stain would show on your skirt, you stress over that in class, you aren’t even concentrating’

‘It’s time we should teach our children that its ok, a normal thing and this should start at a younger stage, it needs to be normalised’

‘Growing up for my was different, right now you get hygiene and cleanliness education in school, children now a days know more, us growing up was different, we stayed in for seven days when we began to bleed’

‘I did not know about menstruation until I got it’

‘The thing that was weird for me wasn’t at home, and then it wasn’t like you could talk about it in school, I was like ten, quite young and you couldn’t put your hand up and say ‘I started bleeding’, so although it was factually open at home, at school it was this thing you were trying to hide the whole time, hide the tampons in your bag, not let there be a stain on your skirt, the whole day worrying’

‘We could work with them if we had that awareness, the taboo is holding us back and making it more difficult’

‘Urging everyone to normalise it, it happens to us until it stops happening, it shouldn’t be scary, it should be something as women we can talk about and teach our young woman’s that its ok, not to feel ashamed and embarrassed’

This is the second of a two part launch episode in which we introduce you to the women behind Change Making Women.

TOPICS WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE

  • What Nia is and how it has cured Mary Ann’s problems with her back
  • Working on disability and children and young people as Director of AbleChildAfrica
  • Working on mental health and illness in Tanzania as Regional Representative for BasicNeeds
  • Getting burnt out trying to make a difference
  • The on-line community Mary Ann is working to establish for Change Making Women
  • How making a difference can start where we live
  • What food Mary Ann says she could eat for the rest of her life!

Some quotes from the show:

On finding Nia –
‘I’m in her class and I’m like, I wanna do this, this great, I love it, I love it!’

On teaching Nia:
‘I tell my students, here’s a movement, but follow your body’s way with it, so if that doesn’t feel go for you, adjust the movement….
Get used to how the music makes you wants to move and just feel your way with it’

‘It’s a really go balance with a lot of the other stuff I do which is more in your head’

‘For me personally, it was just like, I can’t do this anymore, there is mixed feeling on the inside’

‘Maybe I don’t actually have to take so much responsibility on myself and think that this is all my thing to solve’

‘What I am really wanting to do now is really support other people that are working in the NGO sector to really kind of basically look after themselves so that they do have the energy’

‘People always look from the outside and they load this ‘your so amazing’ thing on you but the reality of your work can still be hard work, a lot of travel, and a lot of not being with your family and personal struggle’

‘I am working on setting up a community for women who want make a difference which will offer them support so that they can kind of make sure that they are doing their work to make a difference in a way that’s healthy for them – It’s giving people a bit of space to step back from the daily grind of their work’

‘If you wanna make a change you don’t have to travel a thousand miles you can just start with your neighbour’

‘I do miss the food, I could eat Pilau and Chapatis for the rest of my life!’

This is the first of a two part launch episode in which we introduce you to the women behind Change Making Women.

TOPICS WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE

    • What Kipilipili means and why Ziada believes it is so important to love your natural hair
    • How Kipilipili has grown organically from a simple idea about sourcing products to a business with a change making mission behind it
    • Working with a partner  – and tips about how to make it work if you are already friends
    • The huge importance and benefits – of listening to your audience
    • How Ziada is maximising social media channels to expand the impact of Kipilipili
    • Mixing making a difference with a business that provides what real women actually want

Some Quotes from the show:

‘Love your natural hair’

We are learning as we go along – it’s been a beautiful journey so far’

‘Especially Instagram is really big in Tanzania, people do business on Instagram a lot’

‘What we are really telling you is not to alter your natural hair, you don’t have to change yourself’

‘We are very much data driven, our inspiration comes from women who give us feedback’