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KAZI is pleased to announce that it has provided funding to the Mikoroshini Women Group, a group of 10 women who work in Ifakara producing soap. This project was approved for funding in October 2021 when the group asked for a loan that would allow them to increase their environmentally friendly production of soap at a time when demand is high.


This KAZI-funded project was proposed by a group of women from Ifakara who had been growing mushrooms at home. Their idea was to create a local co-op together by pooling their means of production in order to increase production while reducing their costs and boosting their income!


Jacqueline and her team are engineering wood waste pellet stoves for cooking. A loan will help them to finish a working prototype and start producing stoves. Local production will decrease price and reduce import dependence, which will make stoves more affordable for people. In the end, increase the empowerment of the community!


John Mbwambo Mtae has been working as a self-employed shoemaker for several years after training at Tannerier College in the Kilimanjaro region. The loan from KAZI will enable him to purchase all the necessary equipment and raw materials to secure stock to respond quickly and efficiently to customer demand, as well as to partially renovate his shop and production site.


Vijana Kazi is a group of 15 young people between 20 and 30 years old, created in 2019 with the aim of helping each other in daily life. One of their goals is to develop agricultural and food processing activities together.

The loan from KAZI will enable them to purchase the necessary equipment and products to increase their yogurt production, using milk produced in the Ifakara region.


Rehema Magoko is a 45-year-old woman from Maendeleo in the region of Ifakara in Tanzania who has been making cakes and bread for five years. The KAZI loan enabled her to acquire a dough-kneading machine necessary for her bakery business. In other words, she now owns her means of production and can carry out her economic activity independently.


an agricultural project for the production of chilies.

Upendo Women Group (Weavers)

A cooperative of production of bags from local raw materials


Salma Msomi is a Tanzanian seamstress from the Ifakara region who repaid her first loan on time (first loan to finance the purchase of two sewing machines) and secured a second loan from KAZI. With a full order book, this second loan will enable her to move from a remote area to downtown Ifakara and thus increase her local production of garments and expand her customer base.


irrigated organic crop (FINISHED)

The first project is an irrigated organic crop initiative during the off-season, covering an area of 2 hectares, in the village of GOUMANGO, located in southwestern Chad. This enterprise is managed by a collective of 8 families. Its objective is to promote sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture, enabling year-round harvesting through irrigation.


solar power station (FINISHED)

The second project aims to install a solar power station in the village of Dari, also located in the same region. This station will be dedicated to charging electronic devices and electric batteries, providing residents with reliable access to clean energy. This will contribute to improving their quality of life while reducing the carbon footprint of the region.


Salma’s Tailoring (FINISHED)

The second project supported by Kazi Startfunding

Salma Msomi is a Tanzanian seamstress from the region of Ifakara who needed to buy two sewing machines. The goal was to locally produce clothes for the community in order to avoid importing textiles from other parts of the world and to enable local craftsmen and traditional dress to flourish

Local palm oil (FINISHED)

This was the first project supported by KAZI Startfunding

Traditional, local palm oil production in the Ifakara region of Tanzania, led by Rozalia Mpangala! The palm fruits are harvested from wild palm trees growing in gardens, farms, and cities.


In 2020, KAZI partnered with the Kilombero Valley Health and Livelihood Promotion, or KV-HELP. KV-HELP is a non-governmental organization working to improve public health and means of subsistence for districts of Kilombero, Ulanga, and Malinyi, which make up the region known as the Kilombero Valley. The organization strives to empower groups of women and young people by providing them with entrepreneurial training and start-up funding in the form of loans and savings mechanisms in the most remote rural areas.

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