SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS MICROFINANCE AND LIVELIHOODS TRAINING FOR TREE GROWERS ASSOCIATION.

With a new office in Njombe town, Pamoja Environmental Focus is engaged by Private Forestry Programme to establish, train and mentor village savings and lending associations (VSLAs) as well as support establishment of viable sustainable livelihoods among members of the Tree Growers Associations (TGAs) and SMEs in commercial tree planting value chain in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.

The assignment covers 29 villages in LUDEWA District in Njombe Region, MADABA District Council (in Songea Rural District), NYASA and MBINGA Districts in Ruvuma Region since June 2017 until September 2018.

The objective of the work is to strengthen PFPs partner TGAs and SMEs by substantially improving their access to finance and reducing their financial vulnerability.

The main tasks are:

  • Enable TGAs and SMEs to form village savings and loan associations for them to raise internal capital for investment in income generating activities and social funds, and through which access to formal financial services will be secured.
  • Raise awareness about feasible income generating and business development opportunities, and strengthen member’s abilities to evaluate these opportunities. Provide mentoring support to those involved in income generating activities

  • EMPLEMENTED PROJECT

    Mtwara(Closed)

    • Mtwara Community Project (CLOSED) - A project to improve poor rural communities' participation in marine and terrestrial resources management was successful implemented in 22 villages within the Mnazi Bay Ruvuma Estuary Marine Park between March 2014 - February 2016. The project was implemented in collaboration with BG TANZANIA, a British Gas and Oil Exploration Company, the Marine Park Authority and Mtwara District Council. The goal was to ensure that conservation of the marine park is enhanced through community based social economic and livelihoods development. It focused on four areas including: co-management of marine and terrestrial resources; Research and monitoring of marine and terrestrial resources; Awareness on coastal and marine resources utilization; and Sustainable livelihoods through income generation schemes. Activities undertaken included: establishment of 13 and strengthening of 39 micro-savings and lending groups; establishment of 11 community livelihood groups in beekeeping and fish farming; support to communities in local chicken disease control; strengthening school environmental clubs through teacher training and school greening initiatives; printing of two environmental awareness books titled Introduction to Marine Conservation and Marine Habitat; support in monitoring of marine and terrestrial resources like corals, mangroves and sea turtles as well as training in natural resources governance. .

    EMPLEMENTED PROJECT

    Lushoto(Closed)

    • West Usambara Mountains Freshwater Sources Conservation Initiative (CLOSED) - Freshwater is a fundamental, but scarce and non-renewable resource for all life on earth. PAMOJA has worked with village leaders and communities in Malindi and Mnadani villages in Lushoto District, Tanga Region in July 2013, on awareness creation and preparation of a 'community based implementation plan for protection, conservation and restoration of freshwater sources and catchment areas', localizing the 'National Strategy for Urgent Actions on Land Degradation and Water Catchments of 2006'. It focused on awareness about environmental threats and negative effects of cultivation in wetlands or along river banks, a cause of seasonal rivers or decreasing water levels in major rivers. The plan drew technical expertise of PAMOJA, LUSHOTO DISTRICT COUNCIL and the NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT COUNCIL. The project was funded by WWF-US Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program. It also promoted application of by-laws in observing approved distances while farming close to river banks; planting of trees in catchment areas and along river banks; and establishment of water management teams at hamlet/sub-village level.

    EMPLEMENTED PROJECT

    Kilosa & Gairo(Closed)

    Capacity development on conservation of freshwater sources in Kilosa District (CLOSED) - Assignment to provide awareness training to community representatives, religious leaders, teachers and village leaders in conservation of freshwater sources in Kiegea and Mtumbatu villages in Kilosa District, Morogoro between January and June 2013. Conducted in collaboration with Trust for Rural Food and Development (TRUFOOD), a local NGO in food security, community development and environmental issues. PAMOJA was involved in monitoring of activities including reforestation of catchment areas and establishment of tree nurseries. Over 10,000 tree seedlings were planted in the project area until May, 2013. Water for Life Project financed by Church World Service to construct rock catchment dam at Kiegea village and rehabilitate earth dam at Mtumbatu village in order to improve freshwater supply to the communities was developed and implemented in collaboration with TRUFOOD in 2014.

    Nutrition Awareness and Cash Crop Value Chain Project in Kilosa District - Embracing conservation farming, nutrition awareness and food security, a project was implemented in 10 villages in Kilosa District, Morogoro Region. PAMOJA provided technical input during the baseline study and in development of the proposal for the "Nutrition Awareness and Cash Crop Value Chain Project" which was funded by BIG Lottery-UK through FARM AFRICA. For one year, the project was implemented by TRUFOOD with managerial support of PAMOJA. The activities implemented included cultivation of high value orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes and quality protein maize. Training and seedlings were provided to target farmers who were organized through micro-savings and lending groups.