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Cooking Lessons with the Mkombozi Mamas of Tanzania

A few weeks after returning to Canada from my volunteer experience in Tanzania, I took part in a cooking class as part of a team-building exercise. I couldn’t help but contrast this scene with another cooking experience; one that took place in the quiet backyard of a modest Tanzanian home, surrounded by banana trees. This kitchen came equipped with a fire pit, a few well-worn pots, some woven baskets, and simple wooden utensils. Here, a dozen or so Tanzanian "mamas" taught two North American women how to cook a meal for 60. No electricity, no recipes, no appliances.

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The Mkombozi Mamas of Tanzania

A couple of months ago, Cross-Cultural Solutions received an email from CCS Kilimanjaro volunteer Cinde Dolphin. She said, "The experience in Kilimanjaro touched me deeply, along with volunteer Jill Holroyd. We had the opportunity to work with Mkombozi, a women's micro-loan cooperative. We stay in touch with the Mkombozi members, and have developed a website to educate others about the amazing work they're doing."

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