MBEYA: ABOUT 200 projects, worth 1bn/-, under the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) have been implemented at Nzunda and Syukula villages in Rungwe District here in the past four years.
The projects, including the construction of at least two bridges, managed to create temporary employment for the residents. According to beneficiaries, the bridges play a vital role, especially during the rainy season.
“There was no transportation at all. Economic activities got stranded, completely, until the rains were over,” said one of the beneficiaries, Mr Godfrey Jeremia in Syukula village.
The beneficiaries also commented on TASAF income-generation programmes, through which they have been accumulating business capital.
Additionally, through the cash transferring TASAF programme, they have been also expanding their investment, hence, improving their livelihoods.
“I was distressed and knew nothing what to do after my all three children passed away, about six years back. I became the one and only caregiver to nine grandchildren. “Luckily, the local government leaders connected me with this programme from which I received the cash and invested in poultry.
The business guarantees my survival to date,” said a Nzunda villager, Ms Adelina Chengula.
However, the project beneficiaries lamented on cash transfer delay, urging TASAF to bring in a quick solution. A total of 5341 households in Rungwe have been benefitting from various projects in education, health, agriculture infrastructures, environment and tourism, among others.
TASAF Projects’ Director, Mr John Stephen, explained further that in totality, the Mbeya Region has over 55,000 project beneficiaries.
“We also embrace digitalisation as about 66 per cent of beneficiaries have access to electronic cash transferring service, especially through mobile phones. “Again, as of now, about 1460 groups are benefiting from various income-generating activities, mostly small entrepreneurship,” he said.
The World Bank Representative, Mr Tumainiel Ngowi, said the World Bank would continue supporting the TASAF programmes and make sure that the majority of people are covered.
He also said assured that the challenges raised would be taken into consideration, including rehabilitation of some transport infrastructures. “We will make it, in collaboration with the Tanzanian government,” reiterated Mr