Kubuni (meaning “to create” in Kiswahili) serves serves as a platform to support local capacity building, innovation and knowledge sharing with the aims of creating equal opportunities for Tanzanians, and bridging the gap in knowledge production through practical applications.
We define capacity building as the process of developing and strengthening skills Tanzanians need to thrive in today’s world. We do so by providing training, workshops, and support with the end goal of students being capable to complete tasks independently.
The Kubuni Centre is the newest program under the Olive Branch for Children. The core idea behind Kubuni is that once given equal opportunities, Tanzanians can create innovative solutions for community issues, and use their unique skills to provide a sustainable living for their families, breaking the cycle of poverty.
The standard of living and the accessibility of opportunities in Dar-es-Salaam compared to the rest of the country, including Mbeya, is vast. This translates into the wealthy population being able to reap the benefits of economic development easier than their rural, predominately uneducated counterparts. There is little to no innovation, employment opportunities, or industry outside of Dar-es-Salaam and Arusha. Regional inequalities (17%), in addition to, various axis of social positioning, such as gender, family background, ethnicity, place of birth, create barriers to accessing resources resulting in limited or no economic productivity.
The Kubuni Centre hopes to break these inequalities by providing a safe space for youth to realize their potential. The Kubuni Centre does not limit our programs to the mainstream trades/business workshops as most innovation centres but expand to encompass the arts and sports.
KUBUNI CENTRE PROGRAMS
We define innovation as providing the space and materials to experiment, create and make mistakes in their product and business designs. We believe the best products are made through doing and re-doing!
We define knowledge sharing as the transfer of valuable skills, methods and information through international, national, and local relationships and networks. We believe that the best way to learn is to pass down experience, not copy off a board!
TRADES & MAKERSPACE
We have a fully functioning carpentry indoor carpentry workshop, an outdoor welding space and both indoor/outdoor workshpace. Our workshops are equipt with machines you need to innnovate.
Our Centre works with students from Mbeya University of Science and Technology to encourage young Tanzanians to pursue STEM.
"BETTER ME, BETTER TANZANIA" ACCELERATOR
Our accelerator program combines entrepreneurship, leadership and business skills with sports and the arts, to encourage young Tanzanians to make better life choices.
Interested in purchasing ethical products? Maisha is our artisan line, providing sustainable income to over 20 women.
Kubuni Cup is a month-long football tournament that combines sport with business and entrepreneurship skills.
We support emerging Mbeya Artists get their foot in the door.
We work with international partners to connect Tanzanians to more opportunities here in Mbeya. We have amazing international mentors reside at our Centre to knowledge share!