Agape Women’s Group Mulala
Mulala is a typical rural village nearby Arusha and is located south at the foot of the Mount Meru in Arusha National Park. Surrounded by dense and green vegetation Mulala is situated 1,600 – 1,700 metres above sea level.
Most of the inhabitants are farmers reliant on their harvest coming from coffee cultivation and the growing of vegetables and fruits such as bananas. Additionally they keep cattle to supply themselves with meat and milk.
The women of Mulala united to Agape Women’s Group trying to improve their economic situation through several small activities to generate new income, for example with the Mulala Cultural Tourism Program. This program includes traditional activities of the Agape women whereby they explain their cultivation methods and how they are able to improve their economic situation. On five farms visitors are shown how they make cheese and bread, harvest flower seeds, grow chilli and sew clothes. Furthermore the women provide guided tours through coffee and banana farms with a subsequent walk through the beautiful natural forest reserve, home for many species of birds and monkeys. Another tour is provided along the Marisha river bank where the guide shows, among other things, the most common medicinal plants used by the villagers. At the Ziwa la Mzungu (Whiteman’s lake) a big colony of fruit bats can be watched. The Lemeka Hill Tour reveals breathtaking views of Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro and of the Maasai plains to the visitors. Subsequently the visitors are taken to the traditional healer of the village Mr. Moses Karoiya.
The income from these tourist visits is used for improving school buildings, the kindergarten and the dispensary.