Our work in Tanzania

Hand in Hand is expanding into Tanzania.

For the first year, we’ll be laying the groundwork for our operation in the country: establishing offices, recruiting staff and seeking strategic partners to help scale up our programs the same way we did with CARE Rwanda. Then, in March 2017, we’ll begin training entrepreneurs in earnest, nurturing the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs.

It won’t be easy. Despite a real appetite for entrepreneurship programs in Tanzania, uncovered during our needs analysis, starting a formal business in this country of 50 million is hard and getting harder all the time. Tanzania dropped seven places to 129th overall in the World Bank’s 2016 Doing Business report, which measures business regulation in 189 countries. Now more than ever, family entrepreneurs in the informal economy must pick up the slack.

We’ll be there to help them.

By the numbers

Our targets for Tanzania are ambitious but achievable. Between March 2017 and March 2021, we aim to create:


Businesses started: 150,000


Jobs created: 200,000


Average increase in household income: 30%


Lives improved: 750,000

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

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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.


Meet board member Janet Maro

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 center for organic and sustainable farming.

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