The organization was established in 2003 by five(5) Tanzanian women after attending a seminar on women empowerment. These women who trusted each other with the same vision and mission to help women and rural community obtain their rights,joined and started this group SAFINA.
First they had to attend several seminars to equip themselves with more knowledge,hence they attended HIV/AIDS, Food processing (conducted by small Industry Development Organization SIDO), Human rights (conducted by Tanzania Association of women lawyers Association) and Environment conservation (conducted by Nature Scope), also the leader attended a seminar on group formation and organization development. The group recruited more women and girls and was registered in 2004 as Association and later 2006 registered as an NGO.
Its office is in Njombe town the headquarters of Njombe Region which is situated in the southern part of Tanzania.
The goals of SAFINA are:-
·To help women acquire their legal rights in life democratically.
·Provide seminars ,workshops and community mobilization on women rights.
·Impart education on economic rights such as land and property ownership, production activities and marketing skills.
·Impart rights on health education particularly relating to HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. In collaboration with VCT advising people to be tested on HIV/AIDS.
·To impart awareness on the rights of orphans and widows by visiting their centers and the surrounding communities.
OTHER CROSSCUTTING ISSUES:
·Educating people on the proper use and care of their environments in conservation of water sources by planting water friendly trees and planting trees for fruits, timber and firewood. Distributing tree seedlings.
Visiting PLHIV, advising them on nutritional food and counsel them.