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Daniel Mpanduzi: He started a secondary school to give a voice to the voiceless.

Daniel Mpanduzi  is among the 24 outstanding entrepreneurs shortlisted for the 4th Citi Micro-entrepreneurship Awards(CMA) in Tanzania.

Business: Secondary School

Financier: Fanikiwa Microfinance Co. Ltd

Location: Leganga Usa River, Arusha

How do you give a voice to the voiceless? For Daniel, the answer is you start secondary school! When he was studying for his Master’s Degree, he was so discouraged because his sisters were not allowed to join secondary school. So to solve that problem, he started The Voice in 2013, initially with three students. 

Since then, the school has come a long way and turned into a viable business enterprise- a boarding school for boys and girls. 

For Daniel, the most important thing is that the  school accepts all students  regardless of their “looks,” “circumstance,” or “gender.”   He believes both girls and boys equally need a chance to realise their educational dreams.  

Daniel attributes the school’s success to the hardworking staff, a supportive and disciplined school community. “Our students have good relations with their parents and the community,” he says. Teachers work as a team in resolving study-related challenges. Fanikiwa Microfinance financed the school to finish up busing of some classes, provide piped water and electricity. The school offers essentials for special needs children like albinos to enable them to operate with ease. The school motivates and supports the students to succeed in their endeavours.

Daniel has the vision to expand the school to A-Level (Form 5 and 6)

Challenge:  One of the main challenges has been economic fluctuation leading to unstable food prices. To solve the problem, the school farms most of the food consumed. The issue of late school payments is solved by offering individualised school fee instalment plans.

Impact: The school provides quality education to all children, offers employment and free tutoring to primary children on Saturdays and Sundays. The school has also dug a borehole that provides water to the surrounding community for free. 

Opinion: Daniel saw a need within his own family and decided to take the risk of educating the “voiceless” in his society. He believes in equal opportunities for both boys and girls.

For Daniel, the most important thing is that the  school accepts all students  regardless of their “looks,” “circumstance,” or “gender.”   He believes both girls and boys equally need a chance to realise their educational dreams.  

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