Our Stories | Tanzania

Last updated: June 25, 2019

June 11, 2019

Resilient and grateful is how Shole, a mother of two in the Arusha region of Tanzania, describes herself. She is also HIV-positive. “I discovered I was positive in 2012 while pregnant with my third child,” she explained. “I was devastated to receive my results. I shared the news with my husband who didn’t take it very well. He decided to leave me and my children without any support. However, I delivered the [third] child safely. Sadly, after six months, my baby died.”

April 10, 2019

In rural Tanzania, women and girls bear the greatest burden when water is scarce and sanitation and hygiene are poor. Yet their needs are often not represented in community decision-making on water and sanitation. Even when women are members of village and water governance institutions, social norms sanction women for speaking in public and keep them from participating fully.

March 11, 2019

After trainings from Advancing Youth on establishing youth lending and savings groups, a young man from Rungwe, Southern Tanzania established three youth-focused credit associations, vied for a position as loan manager for his district’s youth development fund – and won!

March 4, 2019

Nilumba Ngogo used to worry that her uncle would one day claim the four acres of land she inherited from her parents. As a result, she only used a small plot for subsistence farming and never invested in more profitable cash crops. For Martha Paulo Mwilongo, a land dispute with her neighbor kept her from selling or renting part of her 11 acres to earn extra income. For Janet Jailos, disagreement among her family members over land ownership resulted in several fields being uncultivated.

February 12, 2019

Elda Kisava has always been passionate about teaching. She feels it is a natural fit for her. Unfortunately, in Tanzania many teachers are tasked with teaching a very large number of students at one time which can create a challenging learning environment. While access to and gender parity in education in Tanzania has improved, quality has not kept pace, especially in primary schools. As a result, student performance continues to suffer across all 26 regions of Tanzania, including Morogoro.