Arusha district council will continue supporting poor households

14Nov 2019
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
Arusha district council will continue supporting poor households

ARUSHA District Council will continue supporting poor households, who are the beneficiaries of the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) programme with prerequisite entrepreneurial and business skills to enable them engage fully in productive activities.

District's executive director, Alvera Ndabagoye.

District's executive director, Alvera Ndabagoye told a group of journalists visiting TASAF activities here that  the council was determined to ensure beneficiaries who are engaging in productive activities such as poultry and goat farming benefit from their activities.

“Our goal is to associate each and every one including the beneficiaries in the implementation of the country’s industrialisation agenda,” he said, noting that the council through extension and development unit plans to increase education and equip the beneficiaries with prerequisite skills and knowledge on how to engage in income generating activities.

Ndabagoye hailed TASAF for remarkable achievement made by the productive social safety net (PSSN) programme in transforming lives and boosting the development of poor people in their region.

She said that through the programme a total of twenty income generating projects worth 278m/- have been established including goat and poultry keeping as well as vegetable growing projects which have eventually improved their lives.

"Tasaf has distributed goats and chickens to beneficiaries in various villages and capacitated them with essential skills on how to take care of them so as to improve their income," she added.

She also added that Tasaf has implemented a total of eleven public works worth 790m/- including improvement of roads, school and dispensaries infrastructures in the villages of Lemgur, Kiserian, Sasi, Olgilai,Shiboro,  Losikoto, Bwawani, Elevolosi,Ilkisomgo and Ilkirevi.

Joseph Sailepu, secretary of goat keeping project at Losikito village in Mwandeti ward said that they received 170 goats from Tasaf and distributed them to at least 165 beneficiaries.

“Our beneficiaries now earn more income by selling the goats. One goat is sold between 100,000/- and 150,000/-.” He added.

Mathias Seif, Arusha regional tasaf coordinator urged the beneficiaries to be creative in coming up with small projects that would boost family incomes.

He further called upon the community to take advantage of the funds issued by the government, donors and various financial institutions so that the money could make positive changes in their lives.

Recently, TASAF executive director (ED), Ladislaus Mwamanga said that investing in providing business and entrepreneurship skills to its beneficiaries will at large point capacitate the beneficiaries with lifetime ability to run their lives.

He said that at as the country embarks on preparations process for the second phase of the productive social safety net (PSSN) programme, TASAF was designing to reach the 30 percent left out during the first phase while focusing more on provision of entrepreneurial and business skills.