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Post on 25 October 2016
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WOMEN'S SCHOLARSHIP FUND AGF 2016

Background Information

During the Arusha Gem Fair (AGF) initially known as Arusha International Gem, Jewelry and Minerals Fair (AIGJMF) which took place in April 2012, the organizing committee initiated fund raising for empowering women of Tanzania to be trained in value added skills such as lapidary and jewelry designing and manufacturing technology. At least USD 75,000 was pledged by participants. In the meeting that took place in Arusha on 30th January, 2013 a resolution was passed that the Sub-Committee of AGF Women Foundation Fund chaired by Mr. Salim S. Salim should follow up the necessary steps to open the AGF Women Foundation Fund bank account with any reputable bank in Tanzania. The said account was opened in 9th July, 2013 with the name of AIGJMF Women Foundation Fund and account number 0250301001200 at CRDB Bank, Meru Branch.

Objectives

Training of women in value added skills is in line with the Tanzania Development Vision 2025 and Mineral Policy, 2009 with the objective of promoting and facilitating value addition activities within the country to increase income and employment opportunities. Deliverables include the following:

  • The programme of Lapidary and Jewelry Technology for women will add value to gemstones, silver and gold in the country and is intended to meet international standards;
  • The programme will produce graduates who are self-enterprising and able to meet the challenges of the gemstone industry in the country;
  • It will develop self-realization and entrepreneurship skills that will enable the graduates to be self employed and result into socio-economic development;
  • There is a market potential for lapidary and jewelry technicians and artisans in the country.

 

Implementation Strategies

The first class of scholarship/programme which was started on 10th November, 2014 has been implemented by developing and delivering Lapidary Technology to selected 15 Tanzanian women who met the set criteria. The programme has been implemented using the existing Tanzania Gemological Centre (TGC) infrastructure and equipment, with associated educational fees paid for by the scholarship fund. These students will graduate on 30th April, 2015.

The educational curriculum has been delivered by TGC in collaboration with an expert Mr. Loku Liyanage Pathmasiri Alwis outsourced from Gem and Jewelry Institute of Sri Lanka. This programme is intended to produce graduates who have competence in the field of lapidary technology. The whole programme took six months.

Scholarship Package

The Scholarship package for selected students includes:

  • Transportation to and from Arusha at the beginning and commencement of programme;
  • Basic food, living and transportation allowance.
  • School fees for six-month course;
  • Use of required tools and equipment;
  • Raw materials for cutting, carving and jewelry making and designing during the course of the programme.

 

The Pledges Made During the Third AGF

The second fund raising for empowering women of Tanzania took place on the third Arusha Gem Fair (AGF) and all participants were involved. All participants who pledged were fulfilled their pledges except one (Mr. Andrea Antonucci). Those who fulfilled their pledges were Mr. Nebert Peter, The Onyx Jewelers, Signature Gems Ltd, Williamson Diamonds Ltd, Classic Gems, The Commissioner for Minerals – Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Mr. Hubert Arnoldi, Rwanda Mining Association, Mr & Mrs Scott McCarty, Equator Gemstones (K) Ltd, and Grumeet S. S. Agency. The total amount collected was USD 24,000 and TSH 40,000 out of USD 25,000 which was pledged by 12 participants. The amount which is not yet collected is USD 1,000.

 

The Chairman of Sub-Committee for AGF Women Foundation Fund Mr. Salim S. Salim would like to extend his sincere gratitude for those who fulfilled their pledges. Thank you so much.

 

Income and Expenditure for AGF Women Foundation Fund

TABLE A: Income and expenditure statement as of 31st March 2015 (United States Dollar Account No. 0250301001200).

 

INCOME

EXPENDITURE

Received from

Amount USD

Paid to

Amount USD

Tanzanite One Trading Ltd

20,000

Return ticket for Instructor

1,605

Intercolor - USA

1,000

CTA fees for Instructor

450

Isle of Gems Company Ltd

1,000

Salary for Instructor as of April 2015

10,000

Thai Gem & Jewelry Traders Ass.

1,000

Accomodation for Instructor

3,510

Rwanda Mining Association

2,000

Transport and food allowance for students

8,720

Grumeet S. S. Agency

1,000

Tea and refreshments for students

655

Mr & Mrs Scott Mccarty

1,000

Transport for Instructor (TGC)

630

Onyx Ltd

1,000

Training Materials (Rough Stones)

950

Mr. Nebert Peter

1,000

Tools and equipment

2,950

Hubert Arnoldi

1,000

Polishing compounds

1,000

Williamson Diamonds

2,000

Bank charges

701

Sunskrut Ltd

500

 

Jacaranda Holdings Ltd

500

 

 

Signature Gems Ltd

1,000

 

 

Total Income

34,000

Total Expenditure

31,171

Excess of income over expenditure

2,829

Total

34,000

 

TABLE B: Income and expenditure statement as of 31st March 2015 (Tanzanian Shillings Account No. 0150301001200)

 

INCOME

EXPENDITURE

Received from

Amount TSH

Paid to

Amount TSH

Equator Gemstones (K) Ltd

40,000

Cutting and polishing discs

1,900,000

Classic Gems Ltd

3,460,000

Bank charges

294,200

Hugo Gems Ltd

4,500,000

 

 

Facet Gems Ltd

1,000,000

 

 

Commissioner for Minerals

22,836,000

 

 

Total of Income

31,836,000

Total of Expenditure

2,194,200

Excess of income over expenditure

29,641,800

Total

31,836,000


The remaining balance after expenditure is USD 2,829 and TSH 29,641,800 respectively.

Names of students who were sponsored by AGF Women Foundation Fund 2014

1. Grace N. Charles
2. Irene F.Njebele
3. Dorcas Michael
4. Magreth Kiberege
5. Naomi Frank Mrema
6. Rehema G. William
7. Beatrice Mpeta
8. Lilian R. Petro
9. Mariam Swalehe
10. Loveness Martin
11. Hadija Seleman
12. Asha S. Athuman
13. Leilah Honest
14. Gladness  Mollel
15. Joyce Patrick  Mgaya

 

Photo 1: Lapidary and cutting training for the Women’s Scholarship Foundation Fund.

 

Photo 2: Some of the women in lapidary and cutting training sessions