In 2015, during a research stint in South Africa, I visited the Bo-Kaap Museum in Cape Town, South Africa together with some colleagues from the AFRASO project. The museum “showcases local Islamic culture and heritage” associated with Cape Malays that were brought to South Africa as slaves by the Dutch East Indies Company. It was then that I found out about a prominent saint, Sheikh Yusuf, who was an Indian Ocean Muslim scholar and preacher of Islam from Indonesia.
On a Wednesday in May 2016, the day had finally come: the Tanzania Gender Network Program (TGNP Mtandao) based in Dar es Salaam and I, a researcher from AFRASO, welcomed the participants of a workshop discussing the implementation of microcredit programs in Tanzania. Based on my research results, the workshop offered a possibility of exchange about the impact of microcredits on women as the main target group of this concept. Microcredits are often labeled as a ‘magic bullet’ to fight poverty and empower women, but also pose particular challenges.