The Mwika hostel has been part of the project portfolio sponsored by Finland’s development cooperation funds for ten years now. The projects have been implemented in collaboration with Finnish NGO Projektilähetys Mwika ry, Finnish companies and the Church of Mwika. The hostel is entirely funded by a Finnish company called VMP-Group, which wanted to support the livelihood of local women.


The hostel was inaugurated in a festive ceremony in 2010. The hostel has been very important for the village, currently employing several local women. They also produce handicrafts, which are sold at the hostel and at their own stalls in the market. The local women also run a restaurant in the hostel, serving food to both the hostel's guests and other persons visiting the area.