The major advantage to doing linguistic research and making decisions together with a group of Mbugwe, is that they can now be advocates for the writing system which they have helped to develop. In Tanzania, the Swahili writing system is so widely known, that most people assume it is the only way to write a language, and without guidance from outside, would often try to write their own languages with the exact same alphabet, even if it does not work well and makes reading and writing difficult. If we attempted to develop an Mbugwe alphabet without speaker participation, it would very likely be rejected by the speakers. When the Mbugwe participate fully in the process,however, they are able to understand why the alphabet needs to be different from Swahili. They have no reason to reject a writing system which they have developed themselves. We hope to continue with this participatory method in other aspects of the project.