Our work in Tanzania

Hand in Hand’s newest operation is officially underway.

Launched in March 2018 and employing local staff exclusively, our Tanzanian office aims to create 150,000 businesses and 200,000 jobs by March 2021, transforming life for some 750,000 entrepreneurs and dependents – young, old and everywhere in between.

It won’t be easy. Despite a real appetite for entrepreneurship programmes in Tanzania, uncovered during our needs analysis, starting a business in this country of 50 million is hard and getting harder all the time. Tanzania is ranked 162 for ‘starting a business’ in the World Bank’s 2016 Doing Business report, which measures business regulation in 190 countries. It is up to family entrepreneurs in the informal economy to pick up the slack.

We’ll be there to help them.

By the numbers

Members trained: 10,798

Our Self-Help Group members save together, train together and start businesses together

Businesses started: 6,268

Hand in Hand entrepreneurs prepare food, rear cattle, weave carpets and more

Jobs created: 8,870

“Development happens through jobs,” says the World Bank. Our entrepreneurs make their own success, breaking the cycle of dependency

Lives improved: 31,340

Every business we help create in Tanzania benefits an average of five family members

Independent results

Hand in Hand strives to be as transparent as possible. Download our independent baseline study from Tanzania below.

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160 Members Trained
254 Business Supported
225 Jobs Created
51 Lives Changed

Why Tanzania

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, all of Hand in Hand’s operating countries have one thing in common: huge amounts potential. Despite facing significant challenges, Tanzania is no different.

Tanzania is ranked 151 out of 188 on the UN Human Development Index, well into the lowest category of human development

47% of Tanzanians live on less than US $1.90 a day – almost all of them in rural areas like the ones we’ll be serving

At 70%, literacy levels are relatively high (Tanzania ranks 19th out of 52 African countries), meaning our training will have a quicker impact

Only 23% of Tanzania’s arable land is in use. The potential for smart and sustainable agricultural growth is huge

Expansion map

To start with, we’ll be focusing on two regions in the country’s northeast. Densely populated, relatively literate and demonstrating a strong appetite for entrepreneurship, Arusha and Moshi provide an ideal context for our work. They’re also just across the border from Kenya, home of Hand in Hand Eastern Africa.


Baseline study

Published by Ipsos, our Tanzania baseline study provides Hand’s in Hand’s clearest picture yet of life in our target areas and establishing the baseline by which future progress will be measured.

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Meet Janet Maro, trustee

Janet Maro is a development expert and board member of Hand in Hand Eastern Africa. In 2011 she founded Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania, the country’s leading centre for organic and sustainable farming.

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