Thursday, October 19, 2017

MOTHERHOOD by MWINGA MUNGWE

MTSB: How does it feel being a mom?
Mwinga: Amazing! Overwhelming! Exhausting!
Amazing because I wanted to be a mother since when I was about 18 years old. (I hope my father doesn’t read this). Overwhelming because now I have this whole human being who looks up to me. Depends on me not only for food but protection and support and everything else. And exhausting, well, as mentioned earlier, he depends on me, so I have to do everything to make sure he is taken care of.

MTSB: How would you describe Noah?
Mwinga: Ooh Noah is a sweet, happy, loud baby. Thank God! He loves to laugh. He must have gotten that from me. He is smart, super smart. Another quality from me, ha-ha! He is an easy baby I must say. Rarely cries. He loves the outdoors. He jumps up and runs, in his case, crawls, towards the door every time it opens because he knows he is going out. He loves getting under things. Even in spaces he can’t get under, he will lay there trying to figure out how to get under it. As much as I hate to say this, he has started throwing himself on to the floor when I don’t give in to his demands. Tantrums! Lord, help me.

MTSB: How has your life changed since being a mom?
Mwinga: Where do I begin. First, nothing fits anymore. I thought I would leave the 28pounds I had gained during pregnancy on the delivery table. LIES! I am ever exhausted. Which is totally understandable for a first time mom who is constantly on the move. I wake up at 6am, EVERYDAY, because that is when Noah decides the day has to start.  I have more leggings and yoga pants than a fitness instructor, not because I work out a lot but at this point in my life comfortability is key. I am in new club now, the mommy club, (I sometimes have to say it out loud to believe it. MOM). I have a whole new perspective of life. I know a lot more nursery rhymes. Cute huh!  I drive like an old lady, simply because I am extra careful when on the road.   

MTSB: Do you document Noah’s progress? E.g., when he first took his first step, his first word, and the like.
Mwinga: Uuum, not really. I mean I remember things like he started to roll over when he was 3 months. Started to crawl by 5-6months. He said “mama” at 6 months. Though I doubt he knew what he was saying, but il take it, and I will never forget how it felt hearing those words.  He had his first 2 teeth when he was almost 8 months. Come to think of it, I should document such things.

MTSB: If there is/was one person, other than your husband, that you would trust with your son. Who would it be?
Mwinga: My late mother. God rest her soul!


MTSB: Growing up in a country where a child is raised by a nuclear family and having a maid to assist with child care, compared to living in America where you have no immediate family close-by other than your husband, how is that life like?
Mwinga: Exhausting is an understatement. I cannot tell you how many times I have cried simply because I did not have the strength to go on. But then I look at this tiny, precious being, staring at me, and there is no one around me who I can call on for help, I pull myself together, sometimes with tears rolling down my face, and before I know it, its done. Strength of a woman they call it. I think. I always imagined my mother would be around to help me with my babies and after she passed, I couldn’t think of anyone else who would be able to do that for me. I used to cry every single day from the day we got back from the hospital. Everyday! Until one day I realized that crying wont change anything. I wish I could say I have stopped. So, whenever I feel like I cannot do it, I say a little prayer, I look at my baby, I think of my mom, a strong woman she was, and I power through it.

MTSB: There are so many books for first-time moms, have you read any? And how are these books of any help to new moms?
Mwinga: Books, NO! Articles or blog posts, YES! Cause I am lazy like that. Oooh, I did listen to one audio book and I recommend it to every first-time mom, it’s amazing. Its called CONFESSIONS OF A SCARY MOMMY by JILL SMOKLER. This book gave me laughs and a sense of community. It is so relatable to every mother out there.
MTSB: How do you handle Noah’s growth pains and the occasional accidents?
Mwinga: We have been lucky. So far the only accidents he has had was falling from the bed, which I was terrified the first time it happened. Almost dialed 911. But he was ok. And in another incident, he had stuck his little fingers in a drawer and ended up with a blister.


MTSB: Going back to before baby Noah was born, what do you wish you could have done differently to prepare for motherhood?
Mwinga: I wish I had someone from back home to come help me. During my pregnancy it did cross my mind a couple of times that I should probably have someone come over to assist me but I couldn’t think of anyone, so I brushed the thought off and gave myself hope that I could do it on my own. Fast forward to 2 days after coming home from the hospital, reality struck, I NEED HELP! Then I was like by the time we get through with the visa process, I would have gotten used to doing everything by myself. And I did. I made it. Here I am. The rest is history! 

MTSB: Health care in Tanzania versus USA, where would you rather have Noah grow up?
Mwinga: Obviously between the 2, USA has the best health care. When it comes to where I would want Noah to grow up, I want him to have the best and I also want him to know his roots.  It is tough, but I will do my best as a parent to make a wise decision.

MTSB: Have you started saving up for his college? If not, when do you think is the best time for you to start saving for his college fund?
Mwinga: Sadly, I haven’t. The best time is NOW.

MTSB: Between being a full-time mom and having a job, which would you prefer and why?
Mwinga: This is a tough one. I should start by saying I am super grateful that I get to take care of my baby, be with him from the minute he wakes up to the time he goes to bed. I know many mothers wish for this. It is truly a blessing. But on the other hand, it can be very depressing if all you do all day is take care of a baby, especially if you have a degree under your belt. At this point in my life I feel like no matter what I choose, being a full time mom or a have a career, I will always have feelings of guilt choosing one over the other. Guilt that am choosing a career over my child and guilt that I am simply wasting my education by not per suing a career, even though there is no such thing as a wasted education. I don’t really know how to explain it. I just pray for the wisdom and the ability to find a balance between the two.

MTSB: What do you miss most, that has changed, or you don’t have the luxury of since motherhood began?
Mwinga: SLEEP!


MTSB: How many kids do you see yourself having?
Mwinga: If it were up to ME, I would have 5.

MTSB: What advice would you give to new mothers who are not able to have close family members around to assist them with child care?
Mwinga: Brace yourself. It is not easy at all but it is doable. After all, “A mother’s strength unlike anything known to man.”


Monday, October 16, 2017

Diamond Platnumz ft Morgan Heritage - Hallelujah (Official Video)

Interview with the founder of Duniani Eco Friendly Bag

                                                           

Erica Sandberg is a Swedish-Tanzania environment activist who has designed an eco-friendly re-usable bag for grocery shopping and any other use (multi-purpose bag). By using this bag, customers will eliminate the use of plastic bags and eventually keep their environment clean. Bags are available in Sweden as well as in Tanzania. For more information contact her on instagram @_duniani or email her at duniani.se@outlook.com

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MTSB:  Hi Erica, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Erica: I am a happy, social and driven person. I love to work with my company Duniani. I love to exercise, I love food, to travel, reading and to watch movies. I was born in Tanzania Dar es salaam. My father is Swedish and my mother is Tanzanian. Me and my father and my little sister moved to Sweden in 1999. My mother still lives in Tanzania. Today, I am 30 years old and I try to travel to Tanzania once per year. I work as a seller at H&M and I also work as a business consult at Drivhuset. Drivhuset helps young people to start and make their ideas come true. 


      MTSB: What is Duniani? And why did you give it that name?  

Erica: Duniani means “in the world”  in Swahili. I liked the word because it uses in many different countries. Arabic, Turkish and Swahili. The word is understandable in different languages.


Many countries in the world have problems with their waste. So the name is associated in many countries who have problems with the waste. Littering of the waste is a big problem in many countries. 

MTSB: What does the company do?

Erica: Duniani is selling eco-friendly reusable bags. The money goes to an environment project that I wish to build in Tanzania. The project is about creating awareness in how to sort and recycle our waste and also to use the energy from waste (when burning burnable waste to make electricity and hot water in the villages).

1.      MTSB: When did you start this project?

Erica: About 2 years ago. April 2015.

MTSB: Which projects is Duniani doing in Sweden at the moment?

Erica: At the moment, Duniani company is spreading the awareness about keeping out environment clean. Selling the bags to companies and private people. Joining different events to market Duniani products. At the moment, I am working on building my website so that I can sell the bags online and people from other countries as well as in Sweden can find and buy them. 

1.      MTBS: What do you plan to do in Tanzania?

Erica: My plan is to sell the bags in Tanzania. To make people awareness about the environment. To start my workshops in sorting and recycling. Tell people how important is to take care of our waste in a good way.

To find people who want to help to work with this project and to find a place to build a Duniani recycling station. A place to be able to sort different materials like paper, plastic, iron, food (to make bio-gas) and burnable waste. The energy from burnable waste makes electricity and hot water. 



MTSB: What kind of research have you done and how can Duniani assist in bettering the environment?

Erica: Earlier this year I was in Tanzania and I went to the biggest dump-site in Dar es Salaam (Pugu), and it was a sad site to see. 

We know that plastic bags are the main cause of littering. Plastics kill our animals on land and in the ocean. The use of plastic is a major problem and you can be sure to find plastic waste everywhere.
People have forgotten that this is our waste and we have to take care and to control it. Unfortunately, people don’t know and also don’t care about the safest way of getting rid of waste.

But we know for a fact that dumping it anywhere will not make it better. We have to act now.

Did you know that it takes 400 years for a plastic bag to decompose? If we don’t take care of our waste, there will be more plastic and other wastes In our ocean than fish in year 2050.

The dumping sites that we have today are not pro-environment or healthy. The dumping sites themselves are destroying our earth, water and the air. Animals eat in these areas and diseases are spreading. Our Children get diarrhea and fall sick from other contaminated diseases because of these dumpsites.

To my opinion, open dumping sites should not exist. if we take care and act responsibly with our own waste, we can make products then use the same waste to remake a new product. If we need to keep our world safe for the future generation, starting by using reusable bags like duniani bag will eventually lead to staying in a clean environment. 
1.      
     MTSB: How much does a Duniani bag cost in retail price?

Erica: In Sweden I have two different prices.

For  company we sell in whole sale, minimum 50 pieces of bags for 4 dollars each.  Then for retail it's 8 dollar each.

1.     MTSB: What benefits will someone get by buying these bags in bulk?  

     Erica: Apart from helping to keep the environment clean. A person or a company who buys 50 pieces for 4 dollar each 4x50= total is 200 dollars. He can sell forward for 8 dollars each. 8x50 = 400 dollar. He will return his investment of 200 dollars back and get 200 dollars in profit.
But of course you could always buy more than 50 pieces.

1.      MTSB: How can someone get hold of the Duniani bags?

Erica: Contact me on facebook, Duniani. Instagram @_duniani or email duniani.se@outlook.com
Phone: +46735051468  Webbsite duniani.se in progress. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Meet and Mingle October 14th


Meet and Mingle is a social networking event done in a speed dating format. The event is held to promote networking for those in need to market their business to new people, those looking to find love, or perhaps you are new in town and are looking to make new friends, or you simply just want to have a fun night out with new people. 

This year, @meetnmingletz October event will be donating all its proceeds to a breast cancer foundation. We believe that life matters. Women suffering from or those who have fought and kicked #breastcancer to the curb deserve our attention. When we have life and good health, we can accomplish anything sky is the limit. We believe that given the right support, all the breast cancer foundations will be in position to reach every woman in Tanzania and provide the necessary education and procedure for breast cancer awareness, checkup and treatment. How best can you be part of this pink month than by showing up to meet n' mingle on Saturday October 14th at the watering hole_patio in Masaki (Inside Tuk Tuk Thai Restaurant) from 8:00p.m for a chance to meet with Dar's best entrepreneurs, hustlers, go-getters, self-made business men and women, to market your brand and network. 

For more information please call 0752-487-449 or 0655-368-988. You can reserve your seat by paying in advance to either of the numbers mentioned. 

You are welcome!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Money Management


I have been reading articles and any info that comes my way on money management. And the tips I'm about to share - I have found them so useful. Most them I already knew about but again, there's no harm in being reminded.
Cheers to the author of these tips.
Source: unknown
Money Mistake 1
Never borrow money that accrues interest to start a business (except if you are paying for it through your salary); only borrow to grow your business. This is because business takes a long time to gain ground and begin making profit, yet most loans repayments have to be made within a month of taking the loan or even earlier. Therefore, never borrow money to start a business expecting that the business will generate income to pay back the borrowed money plus the interest.
Money Mistake 2
Never spend money you haven't received. Don't even promise someone money based on a promise you have from someone else. If someone tells you: "Ezra, come to my office tomorrow at 9am and pick K3,000"don't go out to buy items on credit based on this promise, with the hope that you will pay off your creditor when the promised money comes; it may not come as promised and this will leave you in problems with your creditors.
Money Mistakes 3
If you want to save, whenever you receive money, don’t start spending hoping that you’ll save what remains. Normally what remains is zero because as long as money to spend is available, the numerous things you can spend it on are also available. And things to spend on even incite their 'relatives' so that you spend even more than you had planned. When money to spend is not available, we naturally find a way of doing without it. That's why I've learnt to save in an INVESTMENT ACCOUNT. Once I send money there I assume I no longer have it. Before you spend any money, put your savings aside then spend what is left after saving.
Money Mistake 4
When you get an opportunity to meet a very wealthy person, never ask for money. Ask for ideas on how to make money. They may even choose to give you money on their own after seeing that your ideas are great, but let getting money from them never be your objective.
Money Mistake 5
Keeping your seed instead of planting it. Many people stop at saving. It's very, very difficult to save and have all you need to maintain your lifestyle especially after retirement. When you save, your savings are seed; plant it. When you just keep the seed (saving money) some seeds begin to die (eaten by inflation and the like). That's why I recommend that you read about the different types of investment vehicles you can use to grow your savings. I am not necessarily talking about putting the money in a business, because you can easily lose money in  business. I am talking about putting it in an investment.
Money Mistake 6
Never lend someone money you are not willing to lose. By the time you lend someone money, be contented in your heart that should the person fail to pay, you will not die. You should not even lose that person's friendship if they fail to repay the money you lent them. If you feel the person might fail to pay you and this will not affect your relationship with them, then lend them money. If their failure to pay would make you hate this person’s entire clan, please advise the person to go to the bank.
Money Mistake 7
Never append your signature to guarantee someone on a financial matter if you are not willing or able to pay the money on their behalf. Do I have to explain that one? No, it's self-explanatory.
Money Mistake 8
Avoid keeping money you don't intend to use in the short-term within easy reach. For instance, don’t walk with TZS 100,000 in your pocket when all you plan to do in a day costs TZS 20,000. Like I mentioned in Money Mistake 3, there are always expenses available to gobble any money that is within reach, so if you don't want to lose it, put it away in a safe place.
Money Mistake 9
Avoid keeping money in inappropriate places e.g. in socks, under the pillow, in a pit, in the sitting room, in the bra, in a travel bag that you will place somewhere in a bus ... impulse buying is a devil that will keep you busy!
Money Mistake 10
Spending money on an item that you can do without (at least for the time being). These days when I pick money from my pocket or wallet, before paying for something I ask myself: What would happen if I didn’t buy this? If I find I can live with the consequences of not having that thing, I smile and walk away.
Money Mistake 11
Paying an amount for something that's not the minimum you can get that same value for. In other words, if you are at Mlimani City and you pay TZS 50,000 for a shoe that you can get at TZS 30,000 at Bora Shoe shop, that's a money mistake except for those who have achieved financial freedom.
Money Mistake 12
Wanting to be the savior of the world by helping everyone in financial need. My sister, my brother,  you are not Jesus. If you find it so hard to say no to a financial demand, you may think you are practising generosity when in actual sense you are committing (financial) suicide. We are not learning to be miserable here; we are learning to live within the boundaries of reality.
Money Mistake 13
Consistently spending all you earn or more than you earn. It's like having a drum where you have an inlet that's smaller than the outlet. It will never get full. And should the inlet ever reduce significantly the drum will run dry. If you do it the other way round and the inlet is bigger, it will get full and even overflow. Hence, we have to always ensure we are widening the inlet while narrowing the outlet – all the time. Your side hustle comes in handy!
Money Mistake 14
Thinking about short-term only and forgetting about long-term or thinking about the long-term and forgetting about the short-term. For instance, Lydia was told that there's money in land. She saved money over a long period of time and bought 30 acres of land. Now she has the land but she is always broke. She is always complaining. She's disgruntled and she doesn't seem to see herself earning from the land in the near future. Now, let's ask ourselves: Having 30 acres of land and no money to feed your family or take a child to hospital, is that wealth or poverty? I think Lydia only looked at long-term needs and forgot that she has short-term needs that require money. What of those who find they are one paycheck away from salary? Are they thinking about the long-term needs?
Let’s take stock of our finances. How many mistakes are you guilty of?
Do you now feel better-equipped to do better with these tips? Enjoy the journey , savers!