Together with our partner Tusonge Community Development Organisation we successfully developed and have been awarded funding from The Big Lottery Fund for a two-year Disability Inclusion in Village Community Banking (2018 – 2020) project in Kilimanjaro region. This project establishes 12 village community bank groups and delivers vocational, business and financial management training to people living with a disability and others surviving on less than $1 a day. It enables those living with a disability and vulnerable women to borrow small seed capital and start income-generating activities, which is expected to result in improved economic and social well-being. In addition, our project raises understanding and awareness of women’s rights and the rights of people with a disability. Read more about our Disability Inclusive project here
In Tanzania, negative attitudes, behaviour and practices towards people with disabilities are widespread. Other challenges include an inaccessible infrastructure; a lack of budgetary provision to address the challenges disabled people face; and poor representation of people with disabilities in decision-making bodies and processes. As a result, women and men with disabilities face difficulties relating to health, shelter and education; employment; ownership of property and land; as well as stigmatisation and discrimination in terms of social life, status in the community, and marriage.
A 2018 ‘Disability Situation Analysis’ of northern Tanzania, commissioned by African Initiatives revealed that parents are not likely to send a child with disability to school. This means that educational attainment and normal social interactions are limited for disabled children, significantly affecting their self-confidence and livelihood opportunities. The report also highlighted the need for finance and business support for people living with a disability.