At Fanikiwa Microfinance we understand the need to integrate our business values and operations to meet the expectations of our clients, employees, investors, community, regulations, and the environment. In the first quarter of 2022, we planned to improve our environmental performance through the implementation of government environmental policies. Fanikiwa also endeavors to collaborate with the government on the ongoing tree-planting campaign and this is in line with the companies CSR pillars on environmental conservation.
We had a tree planting event at Zepisa Primary School with the objective of re-greening Zepisa village which was greatly affected by land degradation, deforestation, and desertification. The event was graced by 274 villagers and students from Zepisa Primary School and 508 trees were planted in the village. Training was conducted on how to grow and take care ofthe trees. Fanikiwa was also joined by different journalists, representatives from NGOs, University students from UDOM and Mipango College, and Government officials from Dodoma Municipal.
To ensure sustainability of the projects, Fanikiwa Microfinance selected leaders and champions who will not only provide training but also who act as ambassadors who will constantly push for tree planting initiatives withing the organisation. Dodoma Municipal and villagers who were pleased with the initiative requested for more trees initiatives and are ready to collaborate with the organisation in the future in different matters.
Tanzania like many sub – Saharan African countries faces a tight public health care budget and needs to improve the accessibility of health services, especially for the poor and those working in the informal sector and rural areas. There have been several initiatives introduced and taken by the Government and its stakeholders in order to achieve this. Fanikiwa Microfinance Company LTD being among many stakeholders (government supporters) through the company CSR program on 17th October 2022 provided 50 students from various schools in Kinondoni, Ilala, and Temeke Municipals in Dar es Salaam with Health Insurance Cards. The priority was given to students who were needed from less privileged and informal sector families.
Coco Beach clean up
The concentration of plastic pollution in Coco beach has been on the rise, and the accumulation of marine debris has been even greater. Plastic pollution does more than choke or entangles sea life. Scientists have found evidence that ocean plastic is linked with the disease of coral reefs thus affecting sea life. It is because of this reason that Fanikiwa staff participated in Coco beach clean-up as part of our CSR this year.
Our team participated in a number of activities i.e beach clean-up, education-awareness on ocean conservation, donation of garbage bins as well as having a chance to interact with one another and the local community where we serve.
Fanikiwa is committed to conserving the environment where we work in and we will work together to find the solutions to fix broken global systems that lead to declines in nature while protecting those places that wildlife, sea life, and people can’t live without.
A few of Fanikiwa’s staff participated in the Kilimajaro marathon early this year. The marathon is an annual event held to raise funds for environmental conservation. The proceeds from the event go to the Kilimanjaro project, a tree-planting initiative aiming to bring back more rainfall to the Kilimanjaro region and help diminish the effects of climate change. Through our participation, we hope to raise awareness of the importance of tree planting and ecosystem restoration.
Matosa Tree Planting
Fanikiwa Microfinance participated in a tree planting exercise at Matosa Secondary School in Goba, Dar es Salaam. This was a CSR initiative to ensure that the environment is not only protected but also creating a better and conducive learning environment in schools.
The exercise was led by the managing director Shauri Selenda and also joined by environmentalists from both government and non-governmental organizations. A total of 196 fruits trees were planted. These trees will not only provide shade for the students but also fruits. This initiative also seeks to teach young children the importance of planting trees and engage them while still young. As a company, Fanikiwa will continue to be sensitive the community where we serve on the need to plant trees to conserve the environment.
Fanikiwa Microfinance Limited donated a water tank to provide storage of potable water for Maendeleo primary school in Yombo ward, Temeke District, Dar es Salaam as one of its corporate social responsibility initiatives. This water tank will help to improve the availability of basic toilets water, clean water, and good hygiene standards within the school. During the covid-19 pandemic, there is a need to ensure high hygiene and handwashing especially within schools that have a huge population. Fanikiwa Microfinance Limited team presented the tanks to the administration during the handing over ceremony held at the school.
As a company, Fanikiwa Microfinance Limited takes cognizance of its responsibility to the communities with which they work. Fanikiwa’s CSR ethos is hinged on its obligation to act as a responsible corporate company. It upholds environmental stewardship as one of our core values and recognizes that its activities as a company have an impact on the communities they interact with. They are therefore committed to not only creating a positive impact but also utilizing available resources to impact lives positively.