The Kubuni Centre offers grants annually for youths in Mbeya to start small businesses. Anyone, regardless of age can apply. Opportunities are announced during our Kubuni Cup in June/July. Youths must submit a business proposal that will be reviewed. Once awarded, they must complete business course at the centre.
Our carpentry program provides apprentices with experience-based learning under the tutelage of highly skilled professionals. Our program connects apprentices with skilled mentors, intensive training, access to machines and space to work. We currently have five apprentices:
Kulwa and Doto joined the TOBFC Family in 2015. They have tremendous talent and are quick learners. Born hearing impaired, Kulwa and Doto have overcome significant challenges to access education. The boys have apprenticed under Richard Boutin and Ivan Rhodes. They are flourishing as carpenters. Barkari joined the TOBFC Family in October 2017. Immediately, he showed a knack and interest in the trades. In 2018, we added two more apprentices Mwajaja and Nelly
In 2018, TOBFC launched the Step-Up: Better Me, Better Tanzania Camp which combined sports, vocational training and business seminars for youth.
Over 150 youths have participated in our camps. Our camps include:
Sports development, introducing new activities to the community, as well as improving existing football (soccer) skills;
Artisan and vocational training, teaching new, transferrable skills, including painting, batiking, beading, basket-weaving etc.;
Business seminars, helping youths learn how to write business proposals, balance budgets and develop new, and creative ideas; and,
Academic workshops, reviewing previously learned material in all the formal, secondary school subjects and introducing new materials to get a jump start on coursework.