|Using the business model developed in 2001, WILMA and Save the World Fund start two more community development associations (CDAs): Dar Widows CDA in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Bukoba Widows CDA in Bukoba town, the capital of Kagera Region. Both CDAs plan small agricultural operations as their initial sources of revenue.
|On February 27 the people of Ahakishaka celebrate the first SVI Day, a celebration of song, dance, and food so abundant it stretches into the next afternoon. Traditional village crafts and agricultural products are on display as well as demonstration units of solar panels, batteries, and electric lights, and residents of the area gather at night to watch a movie on a battery-powered TV and VCR|
One of many dance troupes performs.
SVI chairman Josephat Kinyina (airborne) joins in.
|WILMA starts investing in a pilot "social enterprise," a mushroom cultivation and packing company near Dar es Salaam. As part of its support for the fledgling company, WILMA hires a mushroom expert from China. The business is incorporated as Dar CDA Mushroom Company (commonly known as DarMush) and is owned by the Dar Widows CDA, Save the World Fund, and WILMA.|
Members of the
Dar Widows CDA
|WILMA, Save the World Fund, and the Regional Government of Kagera host a "Workshop to Consider the SWF Proposal for a Kagera CDA Alliance Creating a Great Lakes Mushroom Industry," November 21-22. The workshop ends with unanimous support for developing a mushroom industry in Kagera according as proposed, but initial financing proves elusive.|