Z’bar people urged to buy locally-made commodities

10Aug 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Zanzibar
The Guardian
Z’bar people urged to buy locally-made commodities

ZANZIBAR entrepreneurs have appealed to the community to adopt the tradition of buying locally manufactured goods so as to support them in their businesses.

The appeal was given to the Economic Facilitator for Women from Tanzania Media Women Association in Zanzibar (TAMWA-Zanzibar) Nairat Abdullah Ali when she visited women groups during  Nane Nane Agricultural Exhibition held at Kizimbani grounds in Zanzibar.    

Hidaya Abdallah Othman of Nuru Njema Group said she on the first day she was able to sell nine out ten tins of cosmetic oil, on the second day she sold four while on the third day she never sold anything, 

She said the only products they obtained were the coconut oil as the market for cosmetic oil was still small, hence she called upon Zanzibaris to purchase goods made in Zanzibar.

Hidaya said the main challenge they face was the lack of adequate capital as they find it hard to purchase containers in bulk that would have ensured low price for them.

Laylat Husein Ali of Upendo Group from Bumbwisudi who engages in handicraft including straw fans, tissues and the like said their business was moving slowly adding that probably they were still new in the market. 

“We should appreciate all this as in the past we used to live without any gainful employment but today TAMWA has taught us various skills for self-employment, we get some income some of which we save,” she said.

Time Kombo Rashid from Hapa Kazi Tu group whose group makes washing soaps said sales of their products went on well, but not as they had anticipated, as they only sell two or three bars of the soap per day.

Sabra Saleh Issa of Mwanzo Mgumu Group from Bumbwisudi who make incense burners from clay said the market for their goods was not good, they sold only five incense burners in two days. 

Habiba Suleiman Khamis of Bahati ni Mali Group who makes straw food covers said they had not sold even a single cover, and called upon TAMWA to assist them in finding markets for their products.

TAMWA Economic Facilitator for Women Nairat Abdulla Ali called upon the women not to despair as any business need perseverance. 

She said the entrepreneurs have been facilitated by TAMWA since September 2019 and up to now they have saved a total of 116,560. 750/- in various SACCOs in both in Unguja and Pemba.