ADLG Kitchen Video
The Action for Democracy Local Governors (ADLG) organization empowers women, girls and youth in democracy, accountability and entrepreneurship. They believe when health is improved, the ability to work and earn income will also improve. ADLG launched their Fiti probiotic yogurt kitchen nearly two years ago as an entrepreneurial project and have already trained several more women to open up their own kitchens too, thereby enhancing their health and economic power.
Foundation Karibu Tanzania
Foundation Karibu Tanzania (FKT) is a non-governmental organization in Mwanza, Tanzania that aims to eradicate child domestic violence and advocate for children’s rights in Tanzania through housing and rehabilitation for abused children. FKT started producing Fiti probiotic yogurt in 2017 and include it within their centre to combat child malnutrition.
Hida Fermented Foods Enterprise is a small Fiti probiotic yogurt factory owned and operated by Hida, an independent entrepreneur. Established in 2017 while she was working in a bank, Hida has since transitioned to making her yogurt full time and has plans to expand into a larger factory in the future.
Kaneza Milk Group
The Kaneza Milk Group is owned by Freddy, affectionately known as Mr. Kaneza, or “Mr. Shine” in his neighborhood. Through his probiotic yogurt kitchen, Mr. Kaneza has also been able to train women in his community to curate yogurt. He believes once a woman is trained, she will train other women too and they will be able to improve the health of their entire families.
Ebeneza Women's Group
Mama Betty is the founder of Ebeneza Women’s Group and Bethel’s Food Production. As a successful entrepreneur, she strives to help empower other women. She trains women and youth for free, sharing her knowledge and experience in order to uplift her community.
Vijana Simaa Imara
The Vijana Simaa Imara kitchen is operated by Mama Joyce Stephano. Having produced Fiti probiotic yogurt for over a decade and helping establish the very first kitchen in Mwanza, Mama Joyce opened one of her own, the Vijana Simama Imara, meaning “youth, they should stand on their own”. Mama Joyce uses her kitchen as an opportunity to support and empower children rescued from child domestic labour.
In 2004, the Tukwamuane Women’s Group started the first community probiotic yogurt kitchen in Mwanza, Tanzania. They named the yogurt ‘Fiti’ and its legacy is still alive today in hundreds of other kitchens across East Africa. As pioneers of the probiotic yogurt movement, Tukwamuane has improved local health and inspired dozens of other women to open their own kitchens too.
The Mikono Yetu Youth Enterprise Kitchen in Mwanza, Tanzania was launched in 2016 as a vehicle for youth empowerment through Fiti probiotic yogurt. Meet Sandra, Stephano, Devota and Jessica, four of the youths who help to run the Youth Enterprise Kitchen.
Kitchens of Freedom
A 14-minute documentary about the Western Heads East Fiti probiotic yogurt program in Mwanza, Tanzania, as seen through the eyes of local women’s groups and their community.
Western Heads East & YOU partnership
Western Heads East and Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) in London, Ontario, have joined forces to bring probiotic yogurt to the YOU Made It café. The goal is to empower youth with an innovative social enterprise to bring healthy and affordable food options to vulnerable people in London.
Western Heads East Program
With East African partners, Western University faculty, staff and students contribute to increased health and sustainable development using probiotic food.
Western Heads East's training on how to make Fiti Probiotic Yogurt
Western Heads East has developed a Swahili training video focused on the process of making Fiti Probiotic Yogurt.
Western Heads East Student-Led Fundraising & Education Committee
Students at Western University share about their involvement with the WHE Fundraising & Education committee, and how the student-led committee on campus contributes to the overall program.
By Toby, WHE Intern, Tanzania 2017
So which bacteria did you eat today?
An animated story of two probiotic (good) bacteria and the challenges they face on their journey through the human digestive system.
Ivey in Africa: St. Augustine University of Tanzania (2017)
Africa Western Collaboration Day 2015: Panel Discussion on Sustainable Development Goals
Western faculty discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals during Africa-Western Collaboration Day in 2015, as part of Western’s International Week.
Video Testimonials on Impact of WHE Program
The 'messy realities' of internationalizing university curricula – Reflections by Kate Grantham, doctoral student affiliated with Western Heads East
A 5-minute video of Kenya recipients of the probiotic
A 14-minute video from the WHE Program partners and recipients of the probiotic
A 3-minute video of Mama Paskwalina, Chair of the Tukwamuane Women's Group, Mwanza, Tanzania.
Start Awareness Support Action (SASA): SASA is a video about the relationship between AIDS and violence against women in Sub-Saharan Africa. Mama Joyce, one of the