Govt embarks on programme for persons with special needs

06Feb 2019
The Guardian
Govt embarks on programme for persons with special needs

THE Finance and Planning Ministry has embarked on a programme to educate persons with special needs including hearing-impaired people on the National Microfinance Policy to enable them make full utilisation of financial services thus boosting inclusive economy in the country.

hearing-impaired person

Speaking during the launch of the training here, an economist from the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Dionisia Mjema said the programme is set to reach all groups including poor people to enable them utilise the available opportunities to improve their lives.


According to him, among others the special groups will be furnished with entrepreneurial skills as well as enabling them join various savings groups where they can benefit with capital and soft loans to start their business.


Mjema said that the policy aims at improving the provision of quality and inclusive financial services to the low income people and special groups thus stimulate economic growth and eradicate poverty.


“The government recognises the importance of microfinance products in the economic growth, this is why last year it enacted the Microfinace Act, 2018 to regulate the sector for the country’s development,” she said.


He encouraged people with special needs to participate in income generating activities to improve their living standards.


Kelvin Nyema, the executive director of the Deaf Development Organization (Tamavita) commended the government for organising the training which will open doors for the group to see and utilize opportunities available in the micro-finance sector.


“Communication stands as an obstacle between deaf people and normal ones, this is why most of us fail to grab the opportunities in the sector…so the government should also see this,” he said.


For his part, chairman of the Tanzania Deaf Association for Mwanza Region (CHAVITA-Mwanza) Jones George appealed to the government to continue putting conducive environment to enable the hearing-impaired people secure loans  from financial institutions to start their income generating activities.


In 2017, the government launched the National Microfinance Policy and its implementation strategy, calling on micro-financial institutions in the country to consider reducing interest rates for loans.





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