Supporting women-led micro-entrepreneurship in TZ

COVID-19 has significantly impacted micro, small and medium businesses in Tanzania. It is exceedingly crucial to take into account how negative this impact has been in particular to the livelihood of Tanzanian women. As the economy has taken a sharp hit, families struggle to make ends meet more than ever before. As such, supporting women-led micro-entrepreneurship represents a substantial opportunity to both bolster inclusivity and empower women in the Tanzanian society and make sure that families can weather the brunt of the economic backlash.. However, certain businesses are heavily reliant on markets and public events which have, for some, completely disappeared. It appears now more critical than ever to upskill those entrepreneurs to make sure they are resilient in face of uncertainty and sudden changes in the markets.

Pilot4Dev is launching a fundraiser to support the inclusion of women in the work of trusted partners focused on developing local activities such as the Meru Cultural Centre & Village Accomodation, Magamba Eco-Cultural Tourism Centre and the Duluti Green Foundation – Viva Tanzania. A central point of this action will be to support women through targeted actions centred around tourism, improve tree plantations, crops (coffee, banana), and the implementation of eco-systemic services in the crops.

More about the Duluti Green Foundation

Tanzania, as well as many other countries in the world, faces specific challenges due to climate change and the growth in population. Former forests (which were once a fertile living space for several species of animal and reptiles) have been cut down to create more space for farms to feed the community. Moreover, visible changes can be seen all over the country in the environment. Some trees don’t get enough rain during the year anymore and sadly they eventually die. Trees, forests and a healthy environment are necessary for every community and humanity in general to produce fresh air and provide shade for appropriate living spaces for humans and animals. This is why Gladness Pallangyo founded the Tengeru Cultural Tourism Program in 2006. She wanted to share her passion for environmental conservation with the community and visitors. She aims to continue educating herself as well as society to reach more sustainability within her work and create awareness of the needs of the environment to create a greener place to live in. Her motto is: “Conserve Your Environment to Conserve You!”.

More about the Magamba Eco-Tourism Centre

Magamba Eco-Tourism Centre offers Usambara Mountains hiking and Authentic Cultural Tourism experiences within the local community in rural areas. They connect visitors with Eco-friendly experiences in the Usambara Mountains and include women and youth as service providers in order to make sure that their activities are as inclusive as possible..

More about the Meru Cultural Centre & Village Accommodation

The Meru Cultural Centre is a local service dedicated to promoting the local activities surrounding coffee and banana culture, sustainable production and eco-tourism.

Fundraising team: Pilot4Dev (2)

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