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Tanzania

Key Problem

Women suffer severe economic disadvantage through discrimination and abuse of rights leading to extreme levels of poverty and the inability to feed their families, especially when they are widowed or become the family breadwinner.  Patriarchal attitudes and customs prevent women from claiming the land they are legally entitled to and they cannot afford to access the legal system due to poverty.
Rose Davies’ land was snatched when she was widowed.  She now tends maize on rented land to feed her children and pay court fees while she battles to reclaim the illegally occupied land she owns so that she can give her children a future.

Rose Davis, Maize farmer in Tanzania

What we are doing

We are empowering women in Tanzania to address the inequality in society and their severe levels of poverty by providing technical support and advice to our partner organisation who deliver the programme.  APT will provide guidance to improve effectiveness of the work and share lessons widely and will be responsible for technical capacity building of KWIECO and ongoing assistance with problem solving.

Key Problem

Our partner KWIECO has been helping vulnerable and destitute women, widowed or often deserted because they have HIV/AIDs, to keep their legal right to their children and their land. Yet whilst these women are struggling to ‘put food on the table’ this can be too hard a challenge, and KWIECO asked APT to help them have a livelihood.  

What are we doing?

We are helping 400 destitute, abused women to obtain a source of income through employment or self-employment.  This helps them to obtain their basic needs – food, healthcare, education.  They are then in a position to fight for their rights and helped by raising awareness of what their legal rights are, mediation and other services, they can transform their lives.

Saidati is a mother of 4 children who has been helped with a loan and taught how to secure the best prices for her trade in bananas, fish and vegetables for her small but busy kiosk. She is very happy “the family is now sure of 3 meals a day and I manage to pay for school tuition for all my children”.

Key Problem

Poor rural small-scale subsistence farmers in Kilimanjaro Region, particularly women on their own, face deep poverty.  They are struggling to reach new markets which would provide income to transform their lives.

Solar drying

What are we doing?

We are helping people (mostly women) to establish and manage sustainable profitable businesses to preserve fruit, vegetables and spices using simple low-cost, locally made dryers. We are also helping them, by improving quality control and packaging, to sell their produce locally as well as break into more formal and lucrative markets.  With our partner KWIECO we aim to reach new parts of Kilimanjaro Region through the Kilimanjaro’s Natural Food Co-operative (KNFC) and to establish a technical enquiry service on solar drying to reach other parts of Tanzania.

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