WOLISU Women Life Support Network is a community-based organization in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, that became a member of the AfricanCommunities.org network at the beginning of 2006.
Key facts about Wolisu:
Email address for Wolisu: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair: Elizabeth Bwire, 0754 537 460
Treasurer: Prosper Stephen, 0714 257 063
Secretary: , 0
Coordinator: Ismail Mahamudu, 0752 115 987
Wolisu has listed the following as its key activities, with the number of children it provided services to in 2007. School uniforms (25 children)
School fees and books (25 children)
Other survival basics (25 children)
School uniforms (25 children)
#N/A (0 children)
Each year, members of the network take part in an annual process using Geoff Foster's Community Capacity Assessment Tool. The tool, which consists of a set of multiple-choice questions, aims to produce a quantitative measure of the maturity of community organizations. It's organized into eight categories, and delivers a score to each community organization in each of the categories.
Wolisu's average scores (between 0 and 3) in 2006 and 2007 were as follows:
Governance: 2.2 (2006), 2.0(2007)
Finances: 3.0(2006), 2.0 (2007)
Human Resources: 3.0 (2006), #DIV/0! (2007)
Admininistration: 1.3 (2006), 2.3 (2007)
Service Delivery: 3.0 (2006), 3.0 (2007)
Community Ownership: 3.0 (2006), #DIV/0! (2007)
Financial Support: 1.3 (2006), 1.0 (2007)
Tech Support: 2.0 (2006), 3.0 (2007)
Total: 73 (2006), 38 (2007)
CCAT ranking among 28 groups in Dar network: 19 (2006); 25 (2007)
Note: A ranking of one means the highest among the cohort. A ranking of 28 means the lowest. If two groups tie in first place, the next group is ranked as 3, and so on. A DIV error indicates that the group's responses were not recorded on the questionnaire.
Budget and other funders
Wolisu gave us the following budget information in 2007:
Total funding from all sources in USD: $500 (2006); $1,618 (2007); $1,900 (2008 forecast)
Percentage of total 2007 funding provided by AfricanCommunities.org: 72%
Other sources of funding:
0; 0; 0.
Note: a zero means that there were no other sources of funding.
During 2006, 2007 and part of 2008, Wolisu took part in activities of Afconet, an NGO in Dar es Salaam which provided monthly training and exchange visits in which pairs of leaders from one group were funded to make short visits to other groups in the network. Twelve training meetings a year were held, and groups were invited to make at least six exchange visits and receive at least six visits. During 2007, Wolisu attended 10 meetings, made 6 exchange visits, and received 2 exchange visits. Combined with the CCAT score, this placed the group's 'ranking' in the network at 21, where 1 indicates the most participative and 28 the least.
Current grant status
WOLISU Women Life Support Network received a grant in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and was eligible to apply for a grant in 2009. As at December 2008, site visits were going ahead to evaluate all member groups' applications.
December 2007 Site visit record