Our Model

Jfundishie Free Library

 

The Maktaba Project is based off the success of the Jfundishie Free Library located near Arusha, Tanzania.

Jifundishe was founded in 2004 when local students, teachers and villagers – together with foreign volunteers – identified the potential value that could come from a library in this village.

The JFL is now home to over 4,000 books, including all school curriculum texts, educational programs such as community wellness events, film nights and traditional art gatherings, and is also home to several craft co-operatives, a micro-lending program, as well as the solar-powered Sudler Computer lab! The Jifundishe Free Library has been endorsed by many citizens and officials as the most unique and effective library in Tanzania.

Ambassador Mahiga at the dedication of the Jfunshishie Free Library

Ambassador Mahiga at the dedication of the Jfunshishie Free Library