In effort to collect challenges and success stories to ensure the 10% Empowerment loans from Local Councils for Women, Youth and People with Disabilities are more effective, UNA Tanzania, earlier this year, conducted a follow up visit with 8 youth organizations working to empower and engage young people in decision making and livelihood programs. During this visit we assessed the impact of 10% loan as a result of UNA Tanzania national advocacy work for effective governance of the loans at Local Councils in some groups in 6 regions in Tanzania. One of the tremendous efforts done in organizations was a group of Maasai women who purchased food processing equipment through the loans from the Longido Local Council. This organization is part of 21 Youth Organization in our Youth Livelihood Empowerment program.
Some of promising impact of 10% on Young people are notable as 150 youths in groups used the loans to purchase income generating tools such as sewing, milling machines and motorcycles. The tools facilitate them to run business on food processing small industries, livestock fattening, small-packaging busines, and retail business. Likewise, in Korogwe Tanga youth groups engage in fish farming. All these activities earn young people a leaving and add up to their household income.
Moreover, UNA Tanzania champions for effective management of the loans for Sustainable and meaningful impacting youth including young mother’s livelihoods.