We started our operations in Tanzania with microfinance and over the years we have scaled up our programme and to cover 138 branches across 25 regions. We continue to serve the needs of women, young people, and smallholder farmers through group based microloans and enterprise loans.
In the education sector, we are improving the lives of girls living in poverty through our accelerated secondary education programme which targets out-of-school girls in the Tanga region. Our community based schools give girls a second chance at education. We support government primarily schools with learning materials, library facilities and after-school tutoring. Supported by the LEGO Foundation, our play labs target children aged 3-5 from low-income families in Dar es Salaam and Mbeya regions. We use play to stimulate children’s cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development.
Our empowerment and livelihood for adolescents programme is improving the quality of life for young girls by providing safe spaces for them to meet everyday. We provide livelihood, vocational, and financial literacy training and also give customised microloans to empower young girls financially and socially. We took a stance against gender based violence in 2017 and participated in the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women with our partners.
We started a research project on safeguarding portable water provisioning to urban informal settlements in Dar es Salaam in collaboration with Lancaster University and a network of institutions including The University of Manchester, The University of Dhaka, Ardhi University, CSE, WaterAid and DSK, and funded by the British Academy through its Global Challenge Research Fund. The projects aims at exploring sustainable water safety and sanitation safety practices that would improve quality of drinking water.
Population: 56 million (World Population Review, 2017)
GDP per capita: USD 879 (World Bank, 2016)
People living below poverty: 28% (World Bank, 2012)