We know from evidence that disability-inclusion could lead to increased income and labour productivity, improved individual and family well-being and wider social benefits through a more inclusive and accessible society for all. Tanzania has ratified The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and has developed a National Strategy on Inclusive Education.
At African Initiatives, we aim to ensure the full participation of people with disabilities, through empowerment and as advocates in their own development processes. We will work to address the attitudinal, environmental and institutional barriers which hinder their access to opportunities through our health and well-being, education and livelihoods projects.
In 2018 we launched a two-year Disability Inclusion in Village Community Banking project in Kilimanjaro region, which is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. 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. Read more about our project