The municipality's community development officer Enighenja Joshua told this paper that the amount which makes 10 percent of its revenues budget was granted to women, youth and PwDs groups in different wards in the municipality.
She said that among others, the loans are also meant to reduce dependency by enabling them to engage in various small-scale activities to generate income to cater for their daily life costs.
Enighenja said that although private financial institutions have been issuing several loans, the government’s involvement was also vital so as to ensure that every group was touched including those living in vulnerable environments.
She added that the money was disbursed to 30 women groups as well as two youth groups namely StarJax Impression and Faith Youth Agriculture Group located in Moshi Municipality.
Rose Mkenda, assistant community development officer at the municipality, have been facing some challenges in supporting PwDs groups because many of them are scattered and are not well organised.
“We have received requests from the PwDs wanting to access the loans individually due to geographical reasons. But regulations require them to form and register their group, must be Tanzanians, must have a bank account, and choose one project for the group members and not as individuals,” she explained.
She said the government requires all district councils countrywide to allocate 10 percent of their total revenues to empower youth, women and PwDs in their development projects.