Zanzibar is a predominantly young and dependent population. As in many other developing countries, the government is the number one employer, the private sector is direly under developed and the rural population is primarily engaged in small scale, artisanal farming, fishing and livestock rearing to achieve basic survival. As a result, 30.4% of Zanzibaris, especially youth and women, live below the poverty line.

Milele Zanzibar Foundation’s livelihood interventions seek to empower primarily youth and women in rural areas through income generating activities, building technical skills to encourage a spirit of self-sufficiency, sustainability and resilience. In 2015-2016, the Livelihood Sector implemented several projects that helped to increase income and potentially improve overall livelihood of over 10,000 primary and secondary beneficiaries.

Livelihood program focusing on:

1. Youth empowerment: In this programs we are empowered youth on technical and soft skills to be self employment, Multiplier, ecopreneurship and to be employed in any institutions

2. Women empowerment: MZF empowered women through self financial sustainability (Village Saving Loan), strengthen their competencies income generating activities. These opportunities are enabling women to contribute to the household income and to ensure that their children are eating properly, able to go to school as well as seek medical attention when need arises

3. Organic farming: MZF promote sustainable economic through sustainable agriculture by providing technical and soft skills to farmers to improve their livelihoods.

Livelihoods Sub-sectors

1. Economic Opportunities For Women and Marginalized People

Women Empowerment Zanzibar (WEZA II) - Partner: (Tanzania Media Women’s Association- TAMWA) Beneficiaries: 7,000 women and 350 Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) Brief : This project aims to reduce poverty and improve social justice in Zanzibar by supporting 7,000 rural, poor women from 8 districts in Unguja and Pemba to increase income and reduce social, cultural and political barriers to empowerment.

Zanzibar Solar Impact Initiative: Partner: Barefoot College; Beneficiaries: 450 Households and 2,700 people in 4 villages. Brief: This project seeks to improve the quality of life of people living in rural, marginalized communities by facilitating access to clean, healthy solar energy and increased income and livelihood capacities of Solar Mamas and increased household savings for rural households.

Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Support and Cooperative Development: Partner: Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative Beneficiaries: 500 women/300 Men; 16 Shehias Brief: This project seeks to promote and increase productivity and national income of seaweed sector by specifically increasing coordination, access to knowledge and information and capacity of seaweed farmers, especially women.

2. Youth Entrepreneurship

Fursa Kijani/Youth Employment in Green Jobs in Zanzibar: Partners: Practical Permaculture Institute of Zanzibar (PPIZ); Fumba Town Service Center (FTSC); Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO); Beneficiaries: 60 out-of-school youth from all 11 districts of Unguja and Pemba Brief: This project aims to increase interest, entrepreneurship and employment of youth in agriculture while simultaneously promoting environmentally sustainability through safe and locally relevant organic farming, building and sustainable livelihood techniques.

MZF/ZTBI Revolving Fund: Partner: Zanzibar Technology and Business Incubation (ZTBI) Beneficiaries: 530 (454F/76M); 40 Groups This project seeks to increase the number of successful youth entrepreneurs by providing them with easy access to start-up capital through the revolving fund.

3. Horticulture, Agribusiness and Access to Markets

Capacity Building of Horticultural Farmers: Partners: Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA) Beneficiaries: 614 (143F/471M); 20 farm sites for solar pumps Brief: This project seeks to increase productivity of local horticultural sector and increase income of horticultural farmers by providing 50% subsidies on inputs and installing solar pumps for TAHA farmers.

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