KAGERA Regional Commissioner (RC), Ms Fatma Mwassa has appealed to families benefiting from the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) Phase III alms to use the opportunity to improve their livelihoods.
Ms Mwassa urged the beneficiaries to be creative in coming up with ideas to initiate small projects that would boost family incomes.
She 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.
She tipped on the importance of coming up with small scale projects like piggery and goat rearing to improve their incomes.
The RC also asked the community to abandon out-dated bad traditional practices that affect women such as denying them a right to own properties or doing investments.
Equally, she tasked agricultural and livestock extension officers to make regular visits and educate poor households enrolled under TASAF programme on project management with aim to have positive results on people’s economic standard.
“Agricultural and Livestock Extension Officers in the country should make regular visits and educate poor households enrolled under TASAF programme on project management. This will have positive results on people’s economic standard and also value for money,” she said.
She called upon the TASAF Community Management Committee to encourage the beneficiaries who are about to graduate to voluntarily withdraw themselves from the programme.
Ms Mwassa elaborated that the aim of the programme is to see the beneficiaries’ lives are improving.
“We do not expected them to stay throughout their entire life….we are pleased to see the anticipated goal is being attained,” she stated.
Elaborating, she said that initially the TASAF programme was expected to end in 2023 but President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan had extended the programme to 2025.
The implementation of PSSN II under the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) programme has been extended for two more years (2023-2025), to enable the government to make review of poor households benefiting from the alms.
“After making the review some of the households that proved to have graduated from poverty would be deleted while new households would be registered,” she said.
Evaluation of the impact of PSNN in the Mainland and Zanzibar show that absolute poverty was reduced significantly where the ability to afford basic needs has improved among poor households in the country.
Other achievements include increase in the number of beneficiaries engaging in modern farming. The same applies to school enrolment, family savings and access to health services and clinic attendance for children between the ages of 0-24 years.
She explained that about 85bn/- was disbursed to 81,455 poor households under TASAF in Kagera Region between 2015 to February, this year.