Kagera RAS counsels poor households to capitalize on TASAF support

Kagera RAS counsels poor households to capitalize on TASAF support

KAGERA Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS), Professor Faustin Kamuzora has appealed to families benefiting   from the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) Phase III to use the opportunity for improving their livelihoods.

Prof Kamuzora urged the beneficiaries to be creative in coming up with ideas to initiate small projects that would boost family incomes.

He further called upon the community to take advantage of the funds issued by the government, donors and various financial institutions so that the money could make positive changes in their lives.

He tipped on the importance of coming up with small scale projects like piggery and goat rearing to improve their incomes.

The RC also told the community to abandon outdated bad traditional practices that affect women such as denying them a right to own properties and other investments while they are said to be good managers of funds.

He explained that projections from the 2012 Population and Housing Census indicate that the region had a population of 3,127,608.

Kagera Regional TASAF Coordinator, Mr  Efrazi Mkama told the ‘Daily News’ that at least 53.721bn/- was disbursed to 68,915 poor households in Kagera Region through the programme.

About 70,346 poor households were initially targeted but 1,431 were dropped out due to various reasons, including death and some were disqualified.

"During the past five years (2015-2020) the government allocated a total of 54.3bn/- but the amount paid to the beneficiaries was 53.7bn/- while the remained 600.8m/- was returned back to the government," he said.

Mr Mkama explained that  the Tasaf beneficiaries used the  funds to improve their life standards through construction of decent houses while others initiated income generating projects.

"At   total of 13,621 houses were constructed while 25,956 households were running income-generating projects including keeping cattle (386), goats (41,401), pigs (10,849) and chicken,” he said.

He further said about 37,759 households out of 50,179 had joined the Community Health Fund (CHF), equivalent to 75. 2 percent coverage.

Also, about 1,069 poor households in Ngara District were paid a total of 1.2bn/- for  participating in Public Work Program (PWP)  including tree planting, road construction and water sector.

Some of the beneficiaries including widows formed saving groups (vikoba).

“What was needed is to equip them with entrepreneurship skills to enable them to manage well the funds and eventually graduate from poverty,” he remarked.

Mr Mkama explained that during the implementation of the current phase from 2021 to 2023 at least 1,450,000 households in 6,000 villages 184 councils in the Mainland.

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