We mentioned that we’d be writing to share about an opportunity that we’ve received, which determined the date our anticipated arrival in Tanzania to be before January 25th.

As you know, our work with After Trade and EITanzania has a lot to do with sustainability. Part of the training we had hoped to acquire before our move was participating in a Permaculture Design Certification Course. For those not familiar with this concept, it is the:

…conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.
— Bill Mollison

Those who are familiar with this concept know that any Permaculture Design Certification Course is expensive, the average cost per person ranging $1300-$1500. Due to this cost, we had essentially ruled out our chance of ever receiving this training. 

However, we recently discovered an organization in Tanzania offering this course, but what is especially exciting, is that it is taught specific to Tanzanian agriculture. Course attendees will receive hands-on experience with organic farming, aquaculture ponds, food forests, compost toilets and rainwater systems; all of which promotes self-reliance within Tanzania. 

The organization hosting the course also offered a few scholarships, so we inquired. 

After hearing about the work we will be doing in Moshi, they offered BOTH of us a scholarship! This makes our cost of attendance significantly cheaper — we only pay $600 each. 

This is our first bit of exciting news to share. 

The course begins on January 25th, meaning we hope to arrive the week before. This is our second bit of exciting news to share. 

As crazy as it sounds, we have roughly 70 days to raise money to help us cover the costs of our plane tickets, work permits, and language school — all of which are necessary, but expensive. We have created a GoFundMe page to help us raise this portion. 

We are still not fully funded in terms of monthly support. To be just 75% funded, we need to raise at least $500/month in pledges for monthly support, which is really just enough to cover our basic needs. This amount could be provided by a handful of people: 5 people giving $100/month, 10 people giving $50/month, or 20 people giving $25/month. Click here to become a monthly supporter. 

Receiving these scholarships make an otherwise impossible opportunity, possible. And this training will be invaluable to our work in Tanzania. We are taking a step of faith in sharing this date and this opportunity. But now more than ever, we need our community of friends and family who believe in us and this work to help.

By contributing to our GoFundMe (http://www.gofundme.com/berbecstanzania) or becoming a monthly supporter, you are doing more than just helping us cover the expenses of getting to Tanzania and starting this work. Your giving signifies that you understand the injustices within the coffee industry—that farmers are barely surviving on a crop that we consume in leisure—and you want to be part of the sustainable change ensuring that these farmers and families not only survive, but thrive. Every little bit helps. 

Thank you for being on this journey with us.

// aftertrade.org